Every year, 15 million residents in the US vanish. They may still be recognizable to friends and family members. Their homes may still remain intact. They may still go to work, school, church, and the grocery store, but they are missing the most precious commodity of all – their identities. As a result, their bank accounts, cell and landline phone services, cable and satellite television services, power, water, gas and electric services, Internet payment services, medical insurance, home mortgages and rental housing, automobile, boat, other forms of financing and loans, and even their government benefits have been compromised by identity thieves.
According to identitytheft.info/victims.aspx, the annual financial losses due to identity theft total more than $50 billion. This is an ever-growing threat for Americans.
Thankfully, Christians cannot lose their identities. Their biggest threat is not identity theft, but complacency toward their identity in Christ. I hate to say it, but most Christians don’t know who they are. That is why we see so many of them living like the world. This was not what God had in mind for us when He saved us.
If you are a Christian, the following traits should apply to you:
- You are a personal witness of Christ (Acts 1:8).
- You are salt and light (Matthew 5:13–14).
- You have been appointed to bear fruit (John 15:16).
- You are God’s temple (1 Corinthians 3:16).
- You are God’s co-worker (1 Corinthians 3:9).
You should be living so that others want to steal your identity and become Christians. Can your boss and co-workers see your faith lived out in your work ethic? Can your friends sense the presence of Christ in you through a marked difference in your conduct and language? Show them your identity is worth stealing.
Be more concerned with your character than with your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are. – John Wooden
Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.