Identity in Christ

Written by Jon Walker

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“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” Galatians 2:20

God spoke you into your mother’s womb at just the right time for you to be here now. It wasn’t by accident, nor was it a pleasant surprise to God; he designed you on purpose to be on mission with him for such a time as this.

Your faith will grow stronger as you focus on your identity in Christ. What this means is that you abandon any image of yourself that is not from God. You stop believing what others have said about you; you stop believing how others have labeled you; you stop accepting how others have defined you.

Where I’m going is here – if you don’t know who you are, then you’re vulnerable to other people telling you who you are. But the concrete, solid, gospel truth is that you are who God says you are and no one else has a vote in the matter.

You are now identified with Christ and have the power of the Holy Spirit within you. You are God’s precious child and he created you in a way that pleases him.

This “identity issue” is an important part of living the abundant life. Jesus was able to face the incredible demands of his mission because he’d settled this identity issue. He knew exactly who he was; he knew that he mattered immensely to his Heavenly Father, and that gave him confidence to move purposefully in faith.

What does this mean?
· God wants you to be you – You can relax knowing that being yourself is exactly what God wants of you. A pencil brings glory to God by being a pencil. But, if you take a pencil and try to use it like a screwdriver, it won’t work and you’ll likely break the pencil. You will find the stress drained from your life when you stop trying to be somebody you’re not and instead start being who God purposefully designed you to be.
· Believe God calls you by name – God didn’t call you as part of a blanket invitation; he called you specifically by name. You are his masterpiece, a work of his own hands. Like many earthly fathers, God feels pleasure when he sees you just being you.
· Believe you are who God says you are – No one else has a vote on who you are. You are free to be you instead of imitating someone else. You are free to use your unique, God-given gifts and there is no need to compare your gifts to the gifts of others. No one else is in competition to be you!

Question: Where are the places in your life where you’re still trying to be someone other than who God shaped you to be?

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5 Responses to “Identity in Christ”

  • Bernard Bernard says:

    Hello Scott,
    Let me ask you a question…Who are you to please first, God or your spouse? You decide then make a decision. This is not going be easy and I don’t know what you mean by that ‘she does not allow you to be me’. Does it mean she does not allow you to be a Christian or what is it? Is there any room for negotiations or reconciliations among you two?
    Here is my prayer for you: Please God, our Father hear us as we come to you and plead for Scott and his spouse. May they become one in spirit and live in harmony with each others and with you Lord. We leave the outcome to you and trust that you will work out everything for the best of both of them. (Romans 8:28) Amen
    Hang in there Scott and wait on Him

  • Laurie says:

    This is AWESOME … that I am reminded once again that God cares about me … just little old ‘despicable’me.
    In what God is teaching me and taking me through right now … I couldn’t have asked for ma more incredible and focused message. Thank YOU Jesus.,

  • Scott says:

    ok. so God loves it when I “be me”. what happens when one marries (before being a believer) to a spouse that doesn’t allow “me to be me”? Either I can’t be what God designed, or I have to leave the marriage. Which wins out?

  • apompa Armando Pompa says:

    To G. Morrison,
    God does not deny anyone of these physical features that you speak of, we do! These physical features are standards set by the world, not God. As the Psalmist so beautifuly put it, ” I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made: your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” Psalm 139:14(NIV). So you see, in our Heavenly Fathers eyes we are beautiful, no matter what standard anyone places on us. Like the author, Jon Walker says in this devotional, stop living by the standards the world tries placing on us and start believing in what our Creator made you to be, for His good and His glory. You know, the only thing God does see ugly in us ……. is sin. God bless you.

  • Getrude A. Morrison says:

    Why does God deny someone of physical features like beauty, tall or handsome.

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