In this new life, it doesn’t matter if you are a Jew or a Gentile, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbaric, uncivilized, slave, or free. Christ is all that matters, and he lives in all of us. - Colossians 3:11
So very thankful today that I am defined solely by Christ. He leads me out of the darkness towards the Light and gives me a new name and calling. It is in the Light that I am able to rest and find peace in that it is not my heritage, my income level, or my job title that defines me. It is not my political party or religious practices. It is my relationship with Christ - the reality that He lives in me - and that he binds all believers together.
This is good news because so often we define ourselves by our past relationships - experiences - and mistakes. We say things I like, "I am a child of divorce", "I'm successful", "I was abused growing up", "I'm a top performer, "I went through bankruptcy", "I'm overweight", "I'm not smart", "I'm beautiful".
We start to allow these descriptors to identify us. We allow our accomplishments to define whether or not we have worth. We long to hear positive words describe us, we loath hearing negative words describe us, and we fret over the words of other people so much so that we forget that Chris is all that matters.
When we embrace that our identify is in Christ alone we are free to truly celebrate the amazing diversity of people around us. We are free to encourage the gifts and talents of others. We can do this because we are not jealous - envious - or covetous. We do this because we genuinely care and love one another in Christ.
We are empowered to say to the Enemy, I am not defined by my sin - my past - or my successes. I will not dwell in the darkness - where doubt, fear, shame, and guilt rule - I will live in the light of Christ where we are all defined by our Savior.
Lord help me to embrace my identity in Christ. Holy Spirit help me to live in a way that brings others to the truth of the cross and resurrection. Help me to be someone that does not identify people in a way other than as a child of God and my fellow believers as brothers and sisters in Christ. Jesus give me your humbleness and strength. Show me how to have this life be less and less about me and more and more about you, Amen.
Questions To Consider:
- Do you find yourself craving the approval of others?
- How do the words you use each day reflect your identify in Christ?
- How does a Christian leader balance their drive for success and their need to find fulfillment in Christ?
Make it a great day!