October ignite was amazing! We saw over 340 young people come together and listen to 3 amazing people speak about what our identity in Christ meant to them.
Caleb looked at the meaning of identity; identity is out own perception of who we are as a person or the perception other people have of you. We spend so much of our time thinking about what other people think of us, and often this can become how we see ourselves, and although sometimes this can be encouraging, it can be negative as not everyone has the best perception of who we are.
He also spoke about what we base our identity on, is it things that we’re good at? Sport, academics, music, art? Often our abilities can become a large part of who we are, but what happens if we lose our ability to do these things? It can feel as though we’ve lost our identity.
As Christians we have an identity that cannot be taken away. We are children of God, created by the one who created the world. If we accept ourselves as children of God, our identity can never be lost.
Ruby spoke about how despite everything God loves us and wants to have a relationship with us. We’re only human and so inevitably we’re going to want to fit in and to feel wanted by those we live around. So often we change ourselves, our identity, to fit in and feel like we belong. But we have a God who we will always belong with, a God who knows and cares about every little detail. We are fearfully and wonderfully made by him.
God has an eternal love for us, he acknowledges and values us just the way we are. In life we are so often reminded that when we do things wrong, act in a certain way, or look a certain way, then people will treat us differently. But not with God. We don’t need to try and fit in with God, we, always and forever, are in God!
Abbi compared our identity to a passport. At the back it has all our information; our date of birth, where we’re from, and other information that identifies who we are. But there are also other empty pages, for stamps that show where you have been. In life we can gain a lot of stamps that we base our identity around, things like, when we first learnt to walk, who our friends are, when we first met God. However these stamps can also be bad things, when we’re surrounded by temptations it can be so easy to get drawn into making bad decisions and our identity might not be what we thought it was. This can leave us feeling unworthy of Gods’ Love, but with God we can’t earn anything, we don’t have to earn anything. He loves us and wants the best for us despite everything we’ve been through.
Having an identity in Christ is like getting a new passport, we’re given a new identity and the pages are wiped clean. Because our identity isn’t about where you’ve been, it’s about where you’re going.
Cant wait to see you all in November for another amazing Ignite!