“We are new creations in Christ (2 Cor 5:17)
We had our first gathering of the year last month and the area of identity came up. It was an eye opener to see how some of the ladies struggled to see how God saw them. It made me realise that with many of us, we know what the word of God says, we go to church, and we pray and speak of God’s goodness.
BUT if we don’t truly study the word to know and truly believe who God says we are then we will always struggle to live the life He has for us, whilst believing who He says we are.
So we have to take it back the root cause-
- Why do you struggle to know what the word of God says?
- What or who have you let in to make you doubt the truth?
- How do you speak about yourself?
- How often do you stay in God’s presence to hear Him?
The scripture above leads us to understand that our identity in Christ is one of newness and you are no longer the things you did, or the people’s opinions of you. How we are in Christ now should be how we see ourselves and not how we used to be in the world. I read somewhere that our identity can be defined as “the collective aspect of the set of characteristics by which a thing is definitively recognizable or known.”
If you cannot recognise who you are in Christ, you will keep living below His standard for you, miss out on His best for you and will always be frustrated at life. When you are in Christ, that will be shown through your actions, your speech and how you treat others, you will be transformed from the inside out and not just one day, but daily as God will keep doing a beautiful work in us.
We are followers of Christ and no matter what life brings our way it is important to not let that stop us from being great. The difference now is that how we define ourselves will align to the word of God and not the ways of the world.