Saturday, October 13, 2012

Finding Your Identity

1 Peter 2:9
But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:

A new Zaxby's commercial featuring Clay Matthews of the Green Bay Packers and an actress (to be named later) reminded me of my real identity. Because the actress was dressed as a football player in the commercial, her behavior seemed out of sorts but when the helmet came off, it made perfect sense.

Who are we? We quickly answer, I'm a hard worker, I'm a loving husband, I'm successful, I'm a well behaved child. Unfortunately, that's how we are viewed by our culture. We are defined by our accomplishments in the eyes of the world but that's not who we truly are. Peter tells us that we are a chosen people. As people who have taken the Gospel seriously and believe that Jesus' work on the cross is to bridge the gap between God and man, we must identify who we are in Christ. God tells Samuel that man looks on the stature and outward appearance of a man but God looks at the heart of a man. What are our motives? Are we living life to please the natural man? Do we strive to be a good parent or financially successful for the sake of our culture or to honor God with everything He allows us to obtain?

The prophet Jeremiah sums it up this way...For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

Our true identity is in Christ. We are what He says we are. If we try to measure ourselves against any other. Standard, we are selling ourselves short.

John tells us that Satan came to steal (our testimony), kill (our witness), and destroy (our life) BUT Jesus came. Because He came, we can have life and live it more abundantly, solely on the fact of who we are in Christ.

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