Identity Theft

Norman Rockwell’s painting “Girl at the Mirror” serves as a reminder for each of us. As image bearers we will always seek to look the part of our identity. The girl at the mirror looks longingly at a glamorous model and finds herself not measuring up. So often we find ourselves disappointed by our own false expectations. Sometimes our expectations are unrealistic. Sometimes our struggle with sin overwhelms us. Sometimes we just want to be someone else. Our Heavenly Father has given His Son so that our struggles with sin and identity are swallowed up by the righteousness of His Son Jesus Christ. In giving to us His Son’s identity, He enables us to become like Christ as we continually look to His Word to guide us in that transformational process.

Because we are image bearers by nature, what we gaze upon often drives what we seek to become. We check ourselves, adjust here, tuck-in there. But how often do we fall short of our own expectations? How often is our identity robbed because we stopped looking at the right source? God’s Word is both our hope and help. His Word tells us of His great love and of the hope that he offers in His abiding presence. We are never alone. His Word tells us that that it is not good for man to be alone. We are relational at our core. We need God’s presence and we need community to help us; other reflections to strengthen ours. Communities such as families, friendships, houses (as in Washington, Madison, Hamilton and Henry) and classes enable us to tell one another who God is and often this is most clearly proclaimed by our actions.

Francis of Assisi said, “Preach the Gospel at all times, and when necessary, use words.” We glorify God when we reflect His image in our actions. In acting like Him we reflect Him and glorify Him. May God raise up a generation confident of who they are in Christ. When our identity is in Christ alone, we can preach the Gospel with confidence to a watching world.

As presented by Mrs. Collins to our student body in Chapel on Friday, February 20, 2015.