Thursday, January 3, 2013

Our Identity

A few months back, I had an opportunity to listen to a missionary to Albania speak. He spoke on our identity in Christ.

Then a few weeks before Christmas, I spotted a book in my home. I am not sure where it came from or how long it's been sitting in the corner of my home office. It's titled Spiritual Identity Theft Exposed! by Doug Addison. I finally picked it up to see what the book was all about. It's about our true identity in Christ and how it's been stolen.

Discipleadership focuses on our identity in Christ. In fact, we have seen the transformational power of knowing and embracing who we truly are in Christ. Through Acts 8 Ministries, we teach, train, coach and mentor on understanding and living out of our identity.

So I get fired up whenever and wherever this topic comes up!

So who are we really?

We are a new creation in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17).

This is a good place to start the New Year.

We are a different breed of human being, a new species, if you have trusted Jesus. We are united with Jesus. He is in us and we in Him. We are forever inseparably united with Christ.

They may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us...that they may be one even as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one (John 17:21, 23)

Human beings were originally created to bear the image of God. A man and woman were and still are His highest creation. But now in Christ, we have become partakers of the divine nature (2 Peter 1:4). We are sons and daughter of God the King (1 John 3:1).

We can imagine who we are like as sons and daughters when we look at Jesus the perfect human.

If you study the four Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John) in the Bible, you will begin to see who Jesus was really like. Here are some character qualities of his: humility, courage, integrity, creativity, candor, discipline, humor, strength, peace, wisdom, goodness and faith.

Above all, Jesus was perfectly at ease with who he was. He knew himself. He was never fearful of being exposed. He was open, vulnerable, transparent. He was totally free!

Those in Christ can and are meant to live like Jesus in this world.