Do you know your identity in Christ? Are you experiencing the freedom and ease of being all God called you to be?
Yesterday while on my daily walk, a little robin ran ahead of me along the paved path. In spite of his ferocious paddling and unable to maintain a safe distance, he finally lifted his wings and with complete ease and freedom flew to far off reaches. I felt in my spirit an invitation from God to rediscover my identity in Christ — to abandon frantic self-efforts and rise to the ease of what He has anointed and called me to be. But what is that? How do I know when I’m soaring in my true identity?
The only way we discover and fulfill our identity in Christ is through relationship with Him. Apart from our loving Creator we will forever be like that little bird running along the ground instead of flying freely.
Our identity in Christ is grounded not in what we do for Him or others, but rather in what He has done for us. Let’s explore this more!
The Bible offers clear assurance of our true identity. We are …
- Saved by God (Romans 10:13).
- Secure in His family (Ephesians 2:19).
- Accepted by God (Romans 15:7).
- Chosen by God (John 15:16).
- Set free by God (Galatians 4:7).
- A dwelling for the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19).
- Made an heir of God (Romans 8:17).
- God’s creation (Psalm 139:13-16).
- Understood by God (Psalm 139:1).
- Blessed (Ephesians 1:3).
- God’s treasured possession (Exodus 19:5).
- Loved unconditionally (Romans 8:38-39).
- A friend of Jesus (John 15:15)
- Forgiven (1John 1:9).
- God’s child (John 1:12).
- Made for a purpose. God has a plan for our lives (Jeremiah 29:11).
- Made in God’s image (Genesis 1:27).
- A citizen of Heaven (Philippians 3:20).
- Filled with true joy through Jesus (John 15:11).
- Complete in Christ (Colossians 2:9-10).
- Precious to God (Isaiah 43:4).
- A new creation in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17).
- Established, anointed, and sealed by God (2 Corinthians 1:21-22)
This list is by no means complete. It barely gives us a glimpse into God’s wonderful plan and purpose for us. Though we often measure ourselves and others by earth’s standards, God sees us from a higher perspective. Only when we begin to visualize ourselves through His eyes will we understand and acknowledge our secure identity in Christ.
Then we will spread our wings and soar into our destiny and God-purpose.
Our identity in Christ forms the foundation on which our lives grow and our destinies come to completion. May we allow the above truths to shape our thinking and silence our hearts to rest secure in Him. I encourage us all to take as much time as necessary to read each verse, mediating on them. God promises to reveal new truths as we read and ponder His Word.
Which five items in the list are settled in your soul?
Which five do you struggle to believe as personally true?
One of the biggest assaults against Christians of all ages and ethnicities comes against our identity in Christ. But when we walk secure in who God says we are, we become an unstoppable force for His Kingdom.
That little robin never pretended to be an eagle. Neither does an eagle pretend to be a robin. Each is secure in their true identity.
We must never fall into the trap of comparing ourselves to others in the body of Christ. Our security lies in who God says we are. Loved and secure within our relationship with Him, we thrive! And thrive is exactly what God desires for us all.