It’s so easy to get lulled into thinking our identity is rooted in things of this world, whether it be your job, where you go to school, your socioeconomic status, political point-of-view, etc. When we place our identity in what we do, it gives the enemy room to deceive us. As we all know, things in this world are fleeting.
Pastor Matt had a fantastic message this past week on our identity in Christ. He said “LIFE is not found in the traditions of men or behavior modification techniques” but in Christ. Galatians 3:21-22 says if there had been a law given that could give life, then righteousness would be by following the law. BUT, scripture has concluded all under sin SO THAT the PROMISE by the faith OF Jesus Christ (who’s faith? Jesus’) may be given to those who believe.
Let’s not move too quickly past this truth…we see we’ve been given a promise rooted in the faith of Christ. So what’s required of us to receive it? Religious activity or self-discipline? Nope, “given to them that…(wait for it…)….BELIEVE”.
So what do we do with this?
Grow in your understanding of who you are in Christ and be yourself! But how? By spending time in the word and in prayer. I’ve heard it said, “there is no substitute for personal Bible study.” Spend time in prayer and the Word, allow the Spirit to lead you, and enjoy the journey! Paul consistently encourages us in his letters to know who you are and walk in a manner worthy of the calling. To be transformed (our walk) by the renewing of our minds (Rom 12:1-2).
We don’t have to give in to sin anymore as believers, so we must reckon to be true what is true and stand on it (Romans 6). The result, overflow. Overflow into our lives, our families, our communities. The motivation isn’t to get anything, we’ve been made complete (Col 2:10). The walk is a result of overflow because we can’t help it. We’ve been set free to be free (Gal. 5:1 & 13).
As we grow in our understanding of who we are in Christ, and his Spirit is leading us and sustaining us in this life…the world can’t help but notice something different. Something satisfying. Which gives us the opportunity to tell them about Jesus.