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A Greater Way to Shape Your Identity

Published on April 14, 2023

Sasha Dieniukova
In today’s world of double standards, it is crucial to have a source we can come back to when we are confused or overwhelmed with the voices all around us.

Sports is a common place for coaches and athletes to hear many opinions about who they should become and what they should do. People have opinions about everything coaches and athletes do: How they lead, how they play, how they spend their time and money, what they do in the off-season. But, the only opinion that matters is Jesus’ opinion. That’s what it means to put your identity in Christ.

“Jesus answered, “’I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.’” -John 14:6

Jesus’ life example of unity with His Father was built on a foundation of being certain that His identity as God’s Son was immovable. This helped him face challenging circumstances with wisdom and faith.


The Lord offers us a solid source and solutions we would not think of ourselves. The thing that always amazes me are the “keys” He uses to open certain doors in my life. Sometimes, I find I am trying the wrong key or even jimmying the lock, stubbornly trying to break the door down. But once I finally humble myself and agree to utilize the keys in His hands, He shows me which key will unlock a new understanding of who I am in Him. 

The keys of the world look like things of the flesh: Jealousy, revenge, greed, unbelief. But the keys in God’s hands are the fruit of the spirit, and they bring things like love, joy and peace. 

Read the full article to learn more about what it means when your identity in Christ gives you a new way to perform.