Technology is a major part of all of our lives. These days it seems like it is at the point where just about any and everything that we do involves some type of technology. I am old enough to remember a time when there were pay phone booths on every other corner. Yes I know; that has been a long time ago! Many of the newer generation in fact would not have any idea what a pay phone booth is or for that matter why they even existed. The times I would say they are a changing.
Being of the baby boomer generation I have found myself at times being swept up in the changes around me. I was one of the people who truly resisted the idea of getting a home computer. More often than not I would say it will never happen. As well I resisted the idea of getting a cell phone. We won’t even talk about the idea of me texting!
But if life has shown me one thing over and over again, it’s that fact that change will happen whether we want it to or not. I have also come to realize that while change may not be something I want, it is something that I am learning to accept and go with.
Over the last few years one thing that has been more and more in the news is the issue of identity thief. There are numerous infomercials that saturate the airways about identity thief. Frankly it seems like every five minutes you see or hear about identity thief. I will admit I really didn’t give it much thought until I heard about a gentleman whose identity was stolen. It took him years to get everything straightened out. After hearing his story I began to take the issue of identity thief serious. Having heard his horror story I made up my mind that I would do what was needed to protect myself.
The world is not what it was when I was a child. The innocence of my childhood has given away to a cautious and guarded mindset up being alert and vigilant on a daily basis. Identity thief continues to be a growing concern. But I find myself thinking about identity thief in a different way.
While identity thief is serious within our day to day lives, I am given to viewing it with focus on the on going battle within our lives with our relationship to God. Satan, the great enemy has a mission. A mission that he is 100% devoted to and never takes time off from. John 10:10 reminds us of that fact that the enemy comes as a thief. His purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. He has no regard for any of us.
More and more each day it is apparent that Satan is working overtime to carry out his purpose. A major focus of his campaign is to create confusion and plant lies about who we are and most importantly whose we are. If by chance he can steal our identity, then we immediately become lost and will spend endless hours and days searching for who and whose we are.
Everyone no matter who they are has an identity. No one is to be considered an unknown or a nobody. But in these times Satan is busy. Should there come the day when he steals our identity, then he will immediately direct us to look for who we are in all the wrong places. For some people they will seek their identity in the things of this world. Be it money or fame their pursuit can be endless. But as Mark 8:36 cautions us, what does it profit a man to gain the world, but forfeit his soul?
The temptation is to think that if by chance we would lose our identity, then just like the story of a gentleman who took years to regain his own identity, it too would take years to regain who we were. Perhaps for some people, they may decide that they will never get their identity in God back and just give up.
But even as the enemy attempts daily to deceive us as to who we are, I am reminded of the absolute fact that try though he may, nothing and nobody can separate us from God. Nothing can separate us from his love. Each of us were made in his image, and thus there should never be a question or doubt as to who were are. We are children of the king. Children whose father has promised to never leave us nor forsake us.
Yes there is and will continue to be the ever present danger of identity thief. And unfortunately there will those whose identity may be lost. But I am reminded of the story of the good Sheppard. Ninety nine of his sheep were safe, but there was that one who was lost. The good Sheppard said he will go and find that one. That one who is lost, that one who perhaps is searching to regain their identity. The good Sheppard upon finding that one lost sheep will remind them that it doesn’t take years upon years to regain who you were; he will accept, restore and reaffirm who you are and most importantly whose you are.
To God Be The Glory
Alan T. Black