Sunday, May 24, 2015

Who Am I? {Finding Identity in Christ}

First off, high five if you heard Jean Valjean sing the title thanks to Les Mis...

Second, one of my biggest struggles as a Christian is remembering who I am in Christ. Paul says in 2 Corinthians 5:17, "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come." (Emphasis mine.) It's hard to let go of bad habits, but if your heart is right then the best thing I can suggest is to seek God with all your heart. When we really allow Jesus into our hearts, we will lose our desire for worldly things and instead we'll begin to desire heavenly things. Accepting Christ as our Savior gives us a completely fresh start. This should radically impact how we live our life and how we treat others yet, it doesn't. Most of the time, we don't seek Him and soon, letting Christ into our lives is just a memory.

Too often, we let the world define us. We soak up the devil's lies and believe them. We don't feed our soul the truth. We don't renew our minds. I talked about this briefly in a previous post of mine, titled, What Lie Do You Believe?. What would happen to this generation if we uncovered who we are in Christ? What would happen if we believed the truth instead of the lies? I want to bring a few verses to your attention.

"What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? Who shall bring any charge against God's elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died- more than that, who was raised- who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword?"
 -Rom. 8:31-35

We are God's elect

Nothing can separate us from the love of Christ. We are so, so, very important to our Creator and nothing will ever change that. 

I have a challenge for you and for me. This coming week, instead of letting the world (i.e. our friends, our enemies, the media, strangers, etc.) define or label us with lies, let's look into Scripture to find what God thinks about us. To remember how special we are in His sight. Let us remember to love our enemies and those who persecute us. Let us remember to forgive seven times seventy. For there is Someone mightier than the world who loves us literally to death. 

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