I use to be so easily offended. Everything hurt me. Over the years, I have slowly allowed God to heal those painful places where I could be easily gotten! However, I still get hurt – I can still be offended….especially by the people I love the most – you know the ones closest to you! It is a full on FIGHT to THROW down the offense and stand up in TRUTH and LOVE! How about you?
Know who we are in Christ makes ALL the difference int he world because once you know who you are, you suddenly begin to see others as who they are in Christ. It makes it easier to forgive and get over your stupid offense!
What belongs to us when we are made a new creation through Christ? Do you know?
Stop. Do you really know? Maybe you know in your mind, but do you know in your heart – deep down in your soul?
Are you bothered when others challenge you or call you out on your behavior? Are you defensive? Hurt? Easily offended?
We spend most of your life being told by your parents, friends, siblings, etc. what they think of you. They might say good things like you are so smart – you are so much fun to be around or they might say bad things like you are stupid or I wish you were never born.
These comments shape us. Somewhere along the journey, because of a certain behavior or something, you might have been given a nick name or you got a nick name for a behavior or something you did that was dumb or hilarious. I was Motor Mouth (my softball team put it on my shirt!). I was also short stuff and hollow leg (because I could eat anything and not gain a pound. Wish that were still true!). My step-dad called me stupid.
Faith comes from hearing and I heard all these bad and silly things about myself for so long that they truly began to shape my identity.
When I became a Christ follower, I still lived out of my OLD Identity. Quite frankly, I REALLY had a hard time believing that I could be COMPLETELY new in Christ. I still felt stupid and insignificant and insecure! I had a serious case of Identity Confusion!
Discovering our Identity in Christ is a journey of tearing down the false ID and rebuilding our True Identity. It takes a lot of time and trust in the Lord. As you grow near to Him and seep yourself into the things He says about you, you will be transformed into your true identity and be confident than you have ever known!
Do you want this?
Are you hungry for the truth?
Because if you are not, this journey will not be very fruitful. You have to want it! You have to want it like you want air to breathe! It can be so hard to accept the wonderful person that you are in Christ and if you don’t want it, you will be likely to just waste your time. It is a lifelong journey.
So decide now….will you spend your life seeking to know your true Identity – your true self in Christ Himself?
Who’s in? Raise your hand!