In Him we have our being – that is, there is no you without Him! I am excited about this revealed truth of my identity in Christ. It makes stronger the power in His Words to us, whatever Christ is we are in Him! Christ said, “Greater works shall you do.” These words confirm our status in divinity, more is expected from us as God’s special people, peculiar and royal priesthood, a holy nation who are to operate heavenly principles on earth, answering to the earnest expectation of the whole world who awaits our manifestation as superior life givers. I’m in awe at this reality that am too influential to be stopped or deterred from fulfilling the mandate of reconciliation and revealing the hope of glory “Christ” in me. It should be said of us, “They must have been with Jesus,” because we act and live like Him.
Our life flows out of our identity. You will live your life the way you see yourself. Once you real?se that you are a new creature, that you are now ?n the ?mage of Christ, you w?ll live accord?ng to H?s standards and all w?ll see. If you were rude, unk?nd, disrespectful and f?lled w?th anger in your old l?fe, you will beg?n to show love, you will become accommodat?ng, slow to anger and will display all the attributes of who Jesus is.
In identifying or introducing Jesus, God told us two pieces of truth in Matthew 3:17 –
- Where Jesus came from
- God’s opinion of Him as greatly beloved of the Father
The identity that Jesus has is the same that is applicable for every born-again offspring of GOD. If you have accepted Jesus in your spirit (John 1:12), then God identifies you as HIS family and has nothing but extreme love for you! This isn’t based on the works you have done. God defines you. You’re not defined by your feelings. You’re not defined by the opinions of others or by your circumstances. You’re not defined by your successes or failures. You’re not defined by the cars you drive, the money you make or the house you say you own. You are defined by God and God alone.
A Christian is a royal ambassador of God’s heavenly kingdom here on earth… (I Peter 2:9) and is charged with the responsibility of reconciling all back to God (mark 16:15, Matthew 28:19) and to establish heaven’s culture and to propagate it (the God-kind of life) on earth. He’s to take charge (have domineering influence on every aspect of life such as business, relationship, finance, economy, ministry etc… Luke 19:13). Also, he’s to have authority and dominion over ungodly tendencies that prevail and rule on earth (sickness, poverty, witchcraft, lustful desires, etc… Luke 10:19). A Christian has God’s excellent Spirit resident inside of him and he has unlimited access to the earth’s treasury and resources with which to command his influence (psalm 24:1, 1 Corinthians 10:26). He, by the reason of grace, has inheritance in God’s kingdom and is considered a joint-heir with the Son (Romans 8:17).
If you call yourself a Christian, then what you have now should not shape the way you see yourself. Where you work, what you have, no matter how much, should not be what you are identified by. A Christian should not be comfortable being identified by his possessions, or should not allow himself to be identified by his current predicament. He should know that his state is progressive. What you have shouldn’t be who you are. Wouldn’t it be better to take up the identity that Christ has given than the one your ‘wealth’ or ‘job’ is giving? Only you will be able to answer that question, and change your orientation accordingly. When you know who you are, you will know who you are not. Knowing your true identity in Christ will determine your position on issues, views, attitude, reaction and more. Once we have realised who we are in Christ, the Word of God becomes our guide through life; not textbooks and philosophies. God has deposited massive treasures in us (Christians) but this can only be manifested the minute we realise what we carry and that our real identity is the identity of Christ. Identity is an important part of living the abundant life. We need to believe in God’s love for us – 1 John 3:1. His love is not based on our perfection or anything we have done wrong or right. If you don’t know who you are, then you’re vulnerable to other people telling you who you are not, but the truth is that you are who God says you are and no one else has a vote in this matter. 2 Corinthians 1:22 and 1 Peter 2:9 make us to understand that you have been defined by God and God alone. He identifies us as His own and we must begin to see ourselves the way He sees us. Jesus was able to face the incredible demands of His mission because He knew exactly who He was and this gave Him the confidence to move purposefully in faith.
For Further Study:
2 Corinthians 1:22 and 1 Peter 2:9, Titus 3
Questions for Reflection:
- Who gave you your identity?
- What kind of identity do you get from a life defined by your possession orfailure?
- Do you know the benefits of believing in the identity that God gave you?
I see myself in the light of God’s declaration of me. I am totally like Christ. I am a heavenly citizen on a constructive mission on earth.