Do you want to find the motivation and power to say no to the things that constantly trip you up? Do you want to find the courage to make progress in your walk with Christ, your role as a husband, father, student, or worker? Then embrace who you are in Christ – learn to focus on it and meditate on the implications and you’ll discover a motivation that has eluded you.
“It is not what you do as a Christian that determines who you are; it is who you are the determines what you do.” (VOTD – p 46)
The Gospel doesn’t simply forgive your sins, it gives you the righteousness of Jesus (2 Corinthians 5:17, 21). This is the basis for our growth as followers of Jesus. That’s why love the word, saint. More than 240 times, followers of Jesus are called saints. When you became a follower of Jesus, God set you apart for His purpose! The church is a collection of saints (people who have been set apart by God) and that’s why we collectively are called the body of Christ. We are here individually and corporately to finish the work that Jesus started when he came to this Earth.
Spend extra time with this second list of “who I am” in Christ that begins on p 51. Focus on the ones that help us see the work that God has for us to do. My personal favorite is 1 Peter 2:9-10. I’d like to hear your favorite and what it will mean as you embrace it in your life.
Are you beginning to see what it means that you have been set apart? Before you were a believer, you had no purpose other than something that you could make up for yourself. But now you are a child of God was been called to glorify God and represent him to others around you who don’t know him. You have the potential to make an eternal difference in the destiny of your friends, your neighbors, and your family. The more you embrace this, the more you’re to find the motivation and the power to say no to the things that are plaguing you and to say yes to the new life that Jesus Christ has for you.
To stir your thought:
- What have you learned so far about who you are in Christ? How could you develop habits to remind yourself of these truths?
- How could you encourage remind other believers with who they are in Christ?
- What is the message that the enemy of your soul (Satan) gives you most often about yourself? How can you apply faith to overcome that message?