As you live your life, do you project your true identity or are you living under the guise of an alias? Are you living your life as the real deal or a wannabe?
A case in point is the person who has never owned a motorcycle, but insists on decorating his body with Harley-Davidson tattoos.
During a time of persecution and trials, some believers were struggling with their new found identity as a Christian. To boost their morale, Peter reminded them: You are a chosen people, set aside to be a royal order of priests, a holy nation, God’s own; so that you may proclaim the wondrous acts of the One who called you out of inky darkness into shimmering light (I Peter 2:9).
Taking a cue from Peter, I’d like to remind you of your true identity:
When your identity is challenged by some person or circumstance, remember who you are in Jesus: Paul said, We are more than conquerors through Him who loved us (Romans 8:37).
With the exception of Sunday, my morning routine includes a little java and journalism. On Sundays I still drink the coffee, but I skip the newspaper.
Tuesday morning, I was enjoying my morning combo, when a stranger engaged me in some meaningless banter. As he rose to leave he said, “Well, you know we all look alike.” Then he smiled and left.
As he walked out the door, I quickly concluded that I looked nothing like him:
- He was covered in tattoos, but I have none.
- He had a full head of hair that glistened with grease, and my head looks like a hairless Chihuahua.
- He didn’t have a tooth in his head, and I still have most of mine.
I smiled to myself, but before I could shake my head in disbelief, I had a Kodak moment of comprehension: I got the picture. I saw how much “we all look alike,” and I realized the similarity is in the smile.
Your face is the canvas on which your attitude and emotions are painted. Is your face painted with the broad strokes of angry red, the depressing colors of a frown or with the bright hues of an inviting smile?
Solomon captured this thought when he said: A person’s anxiety will weigh him down, but an encouraging word makes him joyful. ~Proverbs 12:25
Is it easier for a person to see Christ in you when you’re smiling or frowning at them? Think about it:
- Paul said, “I am filled with joy, and I share that joy with all of you (Philippians 2:7).”
- The Psalmist said, “Smile on me, and teach me your laws (Psalm 119:135).”
- David said, “When I trust your mercy, my heart finds joy in your salvation (psalm 13:5).”
When Paul prayed for the Christians at Rome, he said, “I pray that God, the source of all hope, will infuse your lives with an abundance of joy and peace in the midst of your faith so that your hope will overflow through the power of the Holy Spirit (Romans 15:13).”
When your life is abundantly infused with God’s joy and peace, you can’t help it—you just have to smile!