Is Your True Identity in Christ? Part 1

In working with artists and creatives, I’ve spent a lot of time talking with others about our true identify in Christ. (I wrote about this in another post, That Insatiable Longing) Asking myself where my true identity lies is a key question for my heart that needs constant attention and cultivating. Why do I ask myself this? The simple answer is that I want to have “a well-kept heart.” How we see ourselves and who we believe ourselves to be is a core matter of the heart because scripture tells us “Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.” (Proverbs 4:23) Like others, I have this Adam-induced DNA that wraps my identity around my work, relationships and interests. God has another name for it…

Holy is a Four-Letter Word

Growing up Catholic, I walked into a lot of old churches and cathedrals. The lingering smells of incense, the glow of red votive candles and the overwhelming presence of Jesus hanging on the cross front and center above the altar made it very clear that this sacred space was a holy place. You don’t always get that walking into minimalist Protestant churches with bare walls or big screens in movie theater-like auditoriums. In Catholic churches, the idea or should I say “the sense of” holy permeates the place. When you walk into St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, you know you’re in a holy place. You’re not at the Regal 21 screen multiplex.

Holy and the idea of holy is a word that most of us just don’t get. For many years in my spiritual journey, holiness has often seemed like a long walk in the desert with no real destination in sight.