Jesus Christ, Our Identity

God is the most important thing about you. He defines you.
— Ashley Linne

If you could sum yourself up in one word, what would it be? Would it be the role you play in your family? Your title at work? Perhaps it is your ethnicity or nationality. A hobby or what you are known as to the people around you.

The book, “Inseparable”, by Ashley Linne, really challenged my view of identity. As Ashley said in her post on Monday, for those who are in Christ, we have an unshakeable identity. 

…you will know that I am in the Father, you are in me, and I am in you.
John 14 : 20

What does it look like to be “in Christ”? Let’s look at the book of 1 John to see what the Bible has to say:

  1. I believe that Jesus is my Savior (1 John 2:23).
  2. I confess my sin, not out of guilt, but out of a heart that wants to please God (1 John 1:9).
  3. My heart wants to obey His commands, out of joy, not obligation (1 John 2:3).
  4. I want to walk in step with my Lord (1 John 1:7, 2:6).
  5. I pursue godly relationships with believers who will encourage me to Christ (1 John 1:7).
  6. I cannot help but tell others about Him (1 John 1:2).
  7. I love and want to serve other people (1 John 2:10).
  8. People who are around me notice that my heart has changed (1 John 2:8).

That’s quite a list, right?  Just going through these makes it clear to me why Jesus promised that He would send His Holy Spirit to indwell in us. We cannot do any of these things without God Himself working in us.

Today, join me in thinking through these eight points and asking God to reveal which areas we fall short.  Even as a believer, I struggle with some of these points. There are times that I wrestle with doubt.  I question His goodness.  I sometimes have a rebellious heart and do not want to confess my sin.  I buy into what the world says I should pursue.  I occasionally become lethargic and lazy, wishing not to be around anyone or share the joy that is truly in my heart.

Thank goodness for Jesus’ own words in John 14 : 18 –

I will never abandon you like orphans; I will return to be with you.

In the times that we do not live out Christ’s commands (1 John 2:3), He is faithful and just. He loves His children and sees us as forgiven.  He lovingly calls us back to Him.

Let us repent of the times that we have forgotten who we are in Christ.  Let us remember our identity in Him.

See You In The Round!
Ashley

 

Scripture taken from The Voice™. Copyright © 2008 by Ecclesia Bible Society. Used by permission. All rights reserved.