This will be the last text on “Identity” and, to close this series, I want to bring another point that shapes our identity: Eternity.
Something that says a lot about us is our goals and purposes in life. Where we want to go shapes who we are today, because the future starts now.
The Eternal lives in us
“He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart. Yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end“Ecclesiastes 3:11
The Son became man so that men could become sons. When we are called “children” we are also called to eternity with the Father. We were created for this eternity, because the Eternal lives in our heart, life goes far beyond what we know because there is something much greater prepared for us.
It is this eternity that we carry that has given us the authority to do everything as He did, moving towards that goal. Christ is the greatest example of someone who had his identity sustained in the relationship with God and lived fully everything that was delivered to Him, because no matter what happened here on earth, He had the complete knowledge that he would go to the glory of the Father.
“For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part. Then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known“1 Corinthians 13:12
Jesus knew He would suffer here on earth, but He also knew exactly where He would go through the cross, so He held on to faith and devotion, that’s why He was the man we always hear so many great stories about.
God sees us uniquely and knows a part of us that only He can see. As we yearn and search for eternity, our identity in Him is revealed and we are introduced to our eternal “I”.
Under the light of glory
This eternity changes who we are, it gives us another perspective on life. When we live in the Light of God’s glory, recognizing this eternity in us, our character is molded, we think and live differently, we create goals and feelings, we are who God has called us to be in our relationships, responsibilities, ministries…
So take what has been handed to you and work at it daily, for we were created in the image and likeness of an immortal Being, and we cannot act less than beings who have this eternity within them.