When you think of yourself, what comes to mind? When someone asks about you, what do you say?
If you’re anything like me, you’ve got a “rehearsed” playlist of what to say. When me, myself, and I are thinking about self – it’s the worst parts about me (the sins and things I try to keep secret) that are first to pop into my mind. But when I tell someone who I am it’s typically simple things like: type 1 diabetic, oldest of three, Christian. Things that aren’t incorrect but they’re shallow surface things. Things that don’t actually define who I am.
Many months (maybe years) ago God told me I need to change my thinking about self. That I needed to shift the weight of my focus away from sin(s) and simple things and onto Him, the definer of my identity.
I’m asking you to do the same thing. If we’re called to be the light of the world, we’ve got to make sure that light is always on. Jesus said a couple of things about light while He was on earth. Talking about Himself, He said: “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12 Jesus also said: “You (you and me) are the light of the world…let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:14,16 When our light is on it means we’re reflecting Jesus onto everyone and everything around us. It shows we’re plugged into our power source and grounded in our identity in Christ
Bottom line: We need to stay plugged into our True power source.
This fits right in with the fact that we’re the Temples of God with the Holy Spirit living in us. God didn’t put this in the Bible on accident. He doesn’t do anything by accident. Everything God does is for very important reasons.
We have to begin identifying ourselves – to ourselves and to others, with the identity that God has given us.
Let’s compare and contrast these identities. We’ve added a worksheet for you to fill out as well. Identity in Christ.
Take the sheet, and down by the garbage can,
- write out everything about who you were before Jesus.
Then, at the top by the person,
- put everything you know about who you are in God’s eyes.
Those things down by the garbage can, need to stay in the garbage can. The things by the person – the things that God says about us – those are the things we need to identify with.
Every time a person asks about me, every time you’re asked about you, answer based on who God says you are.
Here’s how I filled out mine.We’ll begin unpacking the scriptures related to “who you are in Christ” in the next couple of posts. One per day, devotional style. Just in case you’re a researcher like we are, some of the scriptures that speak on identity in Christ are listed below.
Bottom line: When we focus on the identity God’s given us, His characteristics become evident in all we say and do.
Here’s today’s devotion questions & the PDF.
Can you recall a time when God’s characteristics were evident in what you said or did? What happened? We’d love to hear from you. Be sure to drop a comment below or send us an email. We love to hear how God’s working in your life.
What about a time when you let “self” take charge? What happened and did God get your attention? If so, how?
If you didn’t read last weeks post, Three Things You Need to Know, be sure to check it out.
P.S. because we believe taking care of our physical bodies is super important, we’re including some of our favorite recipes, meal planning tips, exercise routines, and relaxation techniques at the bottom of each post.
Today’s Quick Tip
Here’s a post from the Food Network with 9 Easy Meal Plan Ideas. Granted, we don’t think all of their recipes are the healthiest but…take the ideas they’ve shared and see what you can do to make them healthy(er).
Who does God say we are?
- Saved – Luke 9:2, 3 John 2
- Body & soul inseparable – 1 Corinthians 6:12-13
- Belong to God – 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
- Provided for by God – Matthew 6:25-34
- Will be made new – 1 Corinthians 15:35)
- New creation, the old us is gone – 2 Corinthians 5:17, Galatians 2:20
- God trains us – Titus 2:11-12
- United with Christ – 1 Corinthians 6:17 & with other believers – Romans 12:4-5, 1 Corinthians 12:12
- Chosen, royal, holy, God’s possession – 1 Peter 2:9
- Redeemed – Galatians 3:13-14
- Justified by faith – Galatians 3:24
- Sons of God – Galatians 3:26-4:7
- Bear the fruit of the Spirit, love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control – Galatians 5:22
- Chosen, royal, holy, special – 1 Peter 2:9
- One, along with other believers in Christ – Galatians 3:27-28
- Temples of God, dwelling place of the Holy Spirit – 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
- Created to declare God’s praises – 1 Peter 2:9
- Able to live an abundant life – Mark 8:36-37,
- Not thirsty because of His living water – John 4:13-14
- Set apart – Deuteronomy 7:6, Exodus 19:5-6, Ephesians 1:4, 1 Corinthians 1:2, Colossians 3:12, 2 Timothy 1:9, 1 Peter 2:9
- Alive in Christ, seated with Him in heavenly places – Ephesians 2:4-6
- Heirs with Christ – Romans 8:17, Galatians 3:29
- Filled with the Holy Spirit – Proverbs 1:23, Luke 11:13, Acts 1:8, Acts 2:1-5, 17, 38, Acts 4:31, Acts 13:52, Romans 5:5, Romans 12:2, Ephesians 3:16-19
- Children of God, chosen & adopted into His family – John 1:12, Galatians 3:26-27, Ephesians1:5, 1 John 3:1-2
- Blemish and accusation free – Colossians 1:21-22
- Accepted by God – Romans 15:7, Ephesians 1:6
- Loved & Beloved Ephesians 1:6, 1 John 3:1, 1 John 4, Galatians 2:20, Jeremiah 31:3, John 3:16, Romans 8
- Our minds are (should be) set on things above – Colossians 3:1-3
- Brought to fullness – Colossians 2:9-10
- Set free, No longer slaves to sin – Romans 6:6
- We can do all things – in Christ – Phillipians 4:13
- Beautiful – 1 Peter 3:3-4, 2 Corinthians 4:16, Ecclesiastes 3:11, Song of Solomon 4:7, 1 Samuel 16:7
- Perfect – Psalm 139:14
- Have a unique God given purpose – Romans 8:28, 2 Peter 1:3-8
- Created in God’s image – Genesis 1:27
- Set apart and appointed, by God, to do great things – Jeremiah 1:5, Ephesians 2:10, 1 John 2:19-27
- Being molded and shaped by God – Jeremiah 18:3-7, Isaiah 29:16, Isaiah 41:25, Isaiah 45:9, Isaiah 64:8, Job 10:9, Job 33:6, Romans 9:19-21
- Filled with/given gifts by God to be used for Him – 1 Corinthians 12, 1 Peter 4:10-11