The C3 theme for December is Celebrating Christ, but what would it look like to celebrate Him all year long? First and foremost, we can celebrate who Christ is because of who we are!
Understanding Our Identity
What God creates, He celebrates! Ephesians 2:10 says, “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” In this verse, Paul talks about our identity and purpose. As believers, God gives us the opportunity to discover our identity and purpose through getting to know Him. The more we know God and His Word, the more we will begin to understand our individual identity and purpose. As we come to understand our identity, we can embrace the life God has prepared for each of us. Eventually, we find out that identity determines destiny.
Realistically, understanding our identity is easier said than done. Some people live in identity theft and try to be something or someone they are not. Others live in identity crisis and simply do not know who they are. Yet, be encouraged, often God does his deepest work while the image of our identity is being developed in the darkroom.
Our identity comes to light through our beliefs and values. When we believe in who and whose we are, we recognize the plans and purposes of God that He intends to be carried out by us. We also come to understand that we are to live in unity, but not uniformity. Each of us has gifts and talents, along with God-given passions. When we can authentically celebrate our unique identity in Christ, we can live and work with others in complete unity to impact the world for His glory.
Celebrating Our Identity
When we commit our lives to Christ, we can pursue and celebrate a new and true understanding of who we are. 2 Corinthians 5:17 tells us, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” Let’s celebrate this truth together today and all through the year. Operating in our unique identity brings glory to our Creator and aligns us with His good, pleasing and perfect will, which aligns us with each other.
Let the celebration of your identity and the identities of others become a celebration of our belief in Christ.
Cynthia Grosso-Jordan is a national etiquette expert, an award winning speaker, columnist and author who focuses on professionalism and leadership. She is the founder of the Charleston School of Protocol and Etiquette. Inc. Ms. Grosso concentrates on the critical ten percent…the “polish” needed for business people to compete, grow and succeed in today’s business culture.