“Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, To the pilgrims of the Dispersion in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia…” - NKJV 1 Peter 1:1
Peter identifies himself, not with family, nor with friends, or with a team, but with Jesus. Paul learned something all Jesus followers must learn so we don’t identify ourselves with temporal affiliations. “What” or “who” we identify with becomes the filter for our life choices. When I wrestled in college, I identified myself as a WVU wrestler. All my decisions, including diet, social interactions, and schedule, were made based on affirming and enhancing my wrestler identity. Like Paul, believers are identified with Christ as apostles, which means “sent ones.” We must now filter all of our choices based on enhancing and affirming our Identity in Christ. As a “sent one” for Jesus, we affirm our identity in Christ by loving obedience to Him, and sacrificial love towards others. Spending time with Jesus, through prayer, reading the Word, and hanging with believers, will enhance our relationship with Christ, and help us grow into His likeness. We will also become more effective in sharing His love to a lost world. When you align your life and identify with Jesus, you will no longer feel like you belong. You will feel like a pilgrim or foreigner. This world will not feel like home. When that happens - Celebrate! It means your identity is now found in Jesus and not in any worldly thing. If you still find your identity wrapped up with the things of this world, then pray for Jesus to help you identify with Him instead. This world is not your home.