Taking on Another’s Identity
“If you ask for anything in my name, I will do it.” –John 14:14
Identity. Today, the word has become a fearsome thing. We’re told to be ‘on guard’. There are those seeking to steal our personal information in order to impersonate us, to access what belongs to us. In today’s world ‘identity theft’ is an insidious crime. Yet, at the same time, we hear a voice imploring us to take on another’s identity.
In baptism, our broken identities are replaced with Christ’s. We put on Christ (Gal 3:27) and forever wear his identity as “little Christs”. We are reborn as God’s redeemed children. God looks upon us and sees God’s own children; it’s identity transference of the best kind.
In our baptismal clothes, our new identity we share Jesus’ life, death and resurrection. Live it! It’s no theft; it’s a gift.
Prayer: May it be so for each of your children, Lord Jesus. Amen.
Deaconess Joan Cole-Heine, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada