It's always important to know who we are. To REALLY know who we are. Our strengths, our weaknesses, our fears, our doubts, our hopes. To be able to look at ourselves in the mirror and be confident in who is staring back. We may try to grasp pieces of culture to create this identity, or our family, our experiences. But as a Christian, a Christ follower, our identity has to begin with who we are in Christ. Throughout the next few weeks, I'll be sharing a few aspects of who we are in Christ and what that means for us as we follow Him into discipleship.
2 Corinthians 5:17 states that if we are in Christ, we are new creatures. Old things have passed away and new things have come. As we launch into reflecting on who we are as Christians, we have to know that the moment we accepted Him as our Lord and Savior, the old self and old sins and old mindsets were removed. WE ARE NEW CREATURES IN CHRIST!
Being made new in Christ implies that we have a clear and clean slate on which to become who He has created us to be. In order to do this, we must make sure we keep in mind that this opportunity is given to us through Him - His life, death, and resurrection. As a result, it is imperative that we look to Him for our steps to move forward. The aspects we used to use to identify ourselves may need to be replaced with scriptural actions and attitudes. If you have done anything in your past that was wrong or hurtful, God forgives you through Christ. If you at times have bad thoughts about yourself or others, God forgives you through Christ. You are His new creation. Walk, think, and talk confidently in the knowledge that you are a new creation in Christ.
Identity in Christ can only begin to take shape in us and through us if we know the Christ who has made us new. As we continue this series of posts about Identity in Christ, I'd encourage you to look at the gospels to find out who He truly is and who He is calling you to be.
1. What aspects/parts of yourself do you need to give to Jesus so He can make you a new creation?
2. How does the knowledge that you are a new creation impact how you live day to day?
3. Keep in mind that God loves you so much He sent His only son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross for your sins. On the third day, Jesus Christ rose from the dead and defeated death and the grave. It is this same God who has made you a new creation in Christ Jesus!
4. Seek God in prayer and ask Him to reveal and renew the things in you that need to be made new.