Sometimes people are so focused on insisting on finding their identity in groups, the people they know, or the organizations they connect to, and things (the car they drive, clothing and jewlery they wear, tattoos, etc.) they lose sight of the special relationship they have in Christ.
Christians, we are children of the Living God, and through Christ we have everything we need for life and godliness(II Pet. 1:3).
Walk in the clear truth you have. Here are 5 fundamentals necessary for thriving in the abundant life Jesus promised (John 10:10).
Identity: you need to know who you are. In Christ, you are a Child of God (John 1:12).
Interdependence: I need you, and you need me (be dependable in relationships, and be able to depend on your true friends for good things in your relationships because we need each other (Rom. 12:5).
Intimacy: Know how to give love, and receive love. This is showing care and concern for others, and receiving the same from others
Security: we all have a need to be loved just the way we are. God loves us unconditionally just the way we are, and works to make us pleasing to Him (Rom. 5:6-8).
Significance: We all have a need to be valued and make contributions in the lives of others. Our value is in Christ. We are valued as God's special work of art, and given a valuable job to do in life (Eph. 2:10).
This is the weekend (lots of drinking, smoking, partying, sex outside of marriage, stealing, lying, gambling, idol worship, immorality, etc.). You have to chose to represent God or the devil.
We belong to Christ. Therefore let us represent our Lord, and represent the church, represent our families, and communities well.
Pastor Brian E. Kennedy, Sr.