If you’re anything like me, you’ve spent a whole lot of time trying to figure out who you are. I love taking personality inventories, those quizzes that tell me my strengths and weaknesses and what I should be when I grow up. I definitely think these tools are valuable but not as valuable as discovering the identity God has given me.
There have been too many moments in my life when I felt I had completely come to the end of myself—that I had exhausted every ounce of ability, energy, and sanity that I might have had. I’ve had moments when I felt completely broken and useless, as if my life would never amount to anything. Sometimes I still have those moments. And then God reminds me of the importance of viewing myself as being “in Christ.”
What does it mean to be “in Christ”? Is this some concept people came up with, or is it scriptural? We have some pretty solid evidence from the words of Jesus Himself in John 14–17. Go ahead and read through these chapters now. Pay close attention to these verses:
“If you love Me, obey the commandments I have given you. I will ask the Father to send you another Helper, the Spirit of truth, who will remain constantly with you. The world does not recognize the Spirit of truth, because it does not know the Spirit and is unable to receive Him. But you do know the Spirit because He lives with you, and He will dwell in you. I will never abandon you like orphans; I will return to be with you. In a little while, the world will not see Me; but I will not vanish completely from your sight. Because I live, you will also live. At that time, you will know that I am in the Father, you are in Me, and I am in you. The one who loves Me will do the things I have commanded. My Father loves everyone who loves Me; and I will love you and reveal My heart, will, and nature to you.”
(John 14:15–21, The VOICE)
If we were sitting across the table from one another over coffee right now, I would be leaning forward and possibly even taking you by the hand because of the urgency of this truth. Jesus said the Spirit of truth—His Spirit—will remain constantly with you, dwelling within you.
The Holy Spirit within you, as someone in Christ, is completely and totally present with you at all times. He’s always there, always speaking to you, guiding you in everyday choices, reminding you of the things you’ve read in Scripture, showing you the way through life. He’s comforting you when the pain inside you feels as if it is seeping out of your pores, He’s excited with you when you know you’ve done the right thing, He’s empowering you with patience to get through the day. When you don’t know what to pray, He prays for you. When you’ve royally messed up, He lets you know. When you’re so lonely you want to give up, He’s the voice that whispers to you to keep going. He is there with you, all the time. He isn’t just with you in church on Sundays. He’s with you as you’re doing the dishes, chasing your kids, taking notes in class, or watching YouTube videos. He’s always there.
Not only is God the Holy Spirit always there; He is the most important thing about you. He defines you. There have been more times than I would like to admit when I’ve felt worthless. In those moments, the Holy Spirit within me was all that was holding me together, whether I realized it at the time or not. There was a time when I had no idea who I was to God, but I now realize that His unfathomable love for me goes farther than I could ever imagine. And I have an unshakeable identity. I am in Christ and He is in me.
See You In The Round!
Excerpt from Inseparable: Who I Am, Was, and Will Be in Christ by Ashley Linne
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Ashley Linne is a wife and mom who loves to write, sing, and travel. She is the author of Inseparable: Who I Am, Was, and Will Be in Christ. Ashley has a Master of Arts in Family Life Education from the Oxford Graduate School and studied at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. She lives with her husband and son in Bellevue, WA.
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