How do we form identity without forming traditions?
We have often thought, “What Would Jesus Do?” That is typically not the question Jesus asked most often. His question had to do with his identity. “Who do people say that I am?” Or the more personal, “Who do you say I am?”
The better question may be “Who is Jesus?” Knowing who Jesus is helps to form our identity in him and sets us free to act upon our identity in him.
Our being precedes our doing. Action flows from identity. When we start with forming our identity in Christ as individuals and church, we are free to change our actions to be transformed by his identity, not our history.
Personally we are free from being defined by our past choices and hurts. As the church we are free from the religious observation “we’ve never done it like that before.”
We are conformed no longer to the patterns of this world, the pain of our past, or the weight of tradition. We are free to be transformed by Christ in us, which is the hope of glory.
If the Son has set you free then you are free indeed. Our identity is not set by what we do but who we are.
What are you forming? History? Traditions?Identity? If being doesn’t precede doing then we will be judged by our actions (religion) than our identity (relationship).
Our identity as a child of God spurns our actions and allows what we do to change and be transformed by his identity not or repetition or reputation. It is then we are able to let go of some traditions to be true to our identity in Christ and his mission in the world.
Jesus asks his disciples, “Who do you say that I am?” That is still the question for his disciples today.