The Leaders Identity!

Romans 12:3 “For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned.”

A person’s identity has to do with whom we perceive ourselves to be and who we actually are. Our identity is like an inner map and everything we do is in alignment with the map. We mostly function within the boundaries of our personal identity but sometimes we try to camouflage our identity and present ourselves in ways that aren’t true to who we are.

An accurate and positive sense of identity is critical to a healthy & productive life and without it we will tend to gravitate towards 2 extremes: 

  1. We will withdraw from fully engaging in life out of fear that we won’t be adequate.
  2. We will feel driven to aggressively assert ourselves to prove our adequacy.

2 responses emerge out of this:

  1. If you undervalue your worth, you will miss out on the joy of fulfilling the role God has called you to
  2. If your ID isn’t accurate you will over-estimate your worth & abilities to the depreciation of others

Personal identity forms the core reality of our leadership of others for better or worse. Because we live in a fallen world our sense of personal identity is hardly as significant as it should be. As a result we often embark on a painful search for greater significance to enhance our ID. This search impacts how we see reality, what we do with our time and how we relate to others.

The core issues of our personal identity have to do with: How we measure our worth? Whose approval am i seeking? In what or whom is my confidence placed? What am i depending upon to give my life meaning? What is my place in life?

The foundation for all these issues in our identity should be our relationship with Jesus Christ. Our identity in Christ must be the mold in which our character is formed. Genesis 1:26-27 and Galatians 2:20 must become core theological realities in our lives.

Parker Palmer says, “The great spiritual gift that comes as one takes the inward journey is to know for certain that who I am does not depend upon on what I do. Identity does not depend upon titles, or degrees, or function. It depends only on the simple fact that I am a child of God, valued & treasured for what I am.”

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