It has been three and a half years since I last shaved my mustache completely off my face. Over that period of time, it has been topic of conversation, the focal point of light-hearted jokes, it has been personally complimented by the great Aaron Rodgers, and it’s gone through ups and downs.. This mustache has become a piece of my identity. What do you find your identity in? Is it a sport that you’re really good at, so people identify you as a great athlete? Are you recognized for your personality - are you the “funny guy” or “popular girl”? Do you find identity in your social media status, by how many followers you get and how many ‘likes’ you pictures receive? What’s your mustache?
Colossians 3:1-3 says, “Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.” Paul wrote this to a group of Christians - people who trust in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ as payment for their sins. He says that we are “raised with Christ” - raised up from our sin and darkness into the light and loving relationship with God. Because of our resurrection with Christ, we shouldn’t have our minds set on earthly things, but we should be focused on Christ.
In Matthew 16:24, Jesus says that “whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.” He also said, “For whoever should save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the Gospel’s will save it,” in Mark 8:35. Jesus doesn’t add any fluff or beat around the bush - if we are going to live our lives for Him, we have got to be focused on Him, and not ourselves.
Paul says to focus on Christ, not on earthly things. Jesus says that we need to deny ourselves to follow Him. We cannot find identity in earthly or selfish things, but we must be recognized by our love for Christ. As Christians, when our identity is found in our athletic abilities, our looks, fashion, personality, social media - our priorities need to be re-focused. So what do you find your identity in? What is your mustache? If it is something other than Jesus, maybe it’s now time to “shave that mustache.”
Christians, let’s not find our identity in earthly things. I don't want to be known as that guy with a mustache. I want to be known as that guy who loves Jesus and lives his life to glorify God. Find your identity in Christ. Don't seek recognition in your gifts, passions, and abilities; instead, use those God-given things in your life to glorify Him!
Check out the video below to see “the shave” and also an encouragement/application.