Monday, May 11, 2009

Our Identity in Christ

Over the last six weeks we have discovered our identity in Christ. How we are "a new creation in Christ; the old has gone, the new has come." (2 Corinthians 5:17) The "new" is our spiritual position changes and we become daughters of God, saints, soldiers, ambassadors, friends, and managers.

For some of us this new position is felt immediately. We feel the freedom from sin, the bondage of Satan lifted, and our spirits joyful. We know something amazing has happened to us. Every day we walk in the fullness of Christ and cultivate our new found relationship. I love to be a witness to this kind of transformation. When you see a life transformed right before your eyes, you are a witness to the power of God!

For some of us we move a little slower. We don't "feel" like we are all that different. We are still learning and growing in our new identity. I remember feeling this way. I had so many misconceptions of what it meant to be a follower of Christ. I knew my sins were forgiven and my eternal destiny was secure in heaven but I didn't grasp the fullness of it. It's really only the last few years that I have really grabbed a hold of my true identity. If you feel like you are in this place, keep seeking God with all your heart. Whether you "feel" like you are different or not, know in your heart and mind that you are a new creation.

I really want to take a moment and speak to the ones who have read about this identity in Christ but haven't taken that step yet to receive it. You believe God is the creator of all things and that Jesus died for your sins but you haven't accepted him as the Lord of your life. I hope a deep desire has risen up in you to discover this life changing relationship. Let me assure you that God does want you, yes you, to become His child. God's Word says, "The Lord is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance" (2 Peter 3:9). Also God's Word says, "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life" (John 3:16). If God sent His only son to die for you than you are very important to Him!

When you accept Jesus Christ as Lord of your life, all the identities described above become yours! You become a child of God and a friend! Your spiritual position changes to that of a saint! You are given the honor to represent God to this world and for Him to use your life to bless others! You have a purpose like no other! Wow!! For many of us who have tried everything this world has to offer, it pales in comparison to serving Christ!

Why put off what God has for you today! Ask for God's forgiveness. Ask for God's leadership. Then give thanks to God for what He has already done and will do for you! Praise God! Now tell someone you trust whom has a relationship with Christ about your decision today!

"There is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents."
(Luke 15:10


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