Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. Romans 6:4
What makes Christianity different… When have you ever heard a story about the hero dying for the villain?
I usually go back to the beginning, because I like to start from the core of the matter.
Let’s go to Genesis where creation started. God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. The bible uses the word, Nephesh (Hebrew word) when it reads ‘God breathed into the nostrils of man, and man became a living being (nephesh)’. (Genesis1:27, 2:7)
So God made our being, which is our soul. Our soul is who we are: our will, our thoughts and emotions. Most people are broken in some way because an area in their soul is broken. But we had a perfect and whole soul, until the first man chose to sin, and then we became a fallen humanity. Now Jesus came that we may have life, and have life everlasting. And he therefore starts the process in us of regeneration, where we can now become children of God, and receive all his promises. (John 1:12)
God sent His son, so that we may be forgiven and walk in the fullness of a new life- bringing glory to the father. We become part of the body of Christ and we use all that God gives us to serve the church and the world. (1 Corinthians 12:7) This is why it is so necessary to know who we are, so that according to our identity in Christ we can function in our calling in Christ.
Is our identity found in our relationships? Or in having a title, or ministry? Does having money or expensive things give me an identity?
Identity: who someone is : the name of a person. : the qualities, beliefs, etc., that make a particular person or group different from others.
The set of behavioral or personal characteristics by which an individual is recognizable as a member of a group. The distinct personality of an individual regarded as a persisting entity; individuality.
To be “in Christ” is to find personal fulfillment, to enjoy brotherly unity, and to experience a radical transformation. Only then can we become the world’s salt and light, sharing the good news with others, making an impact on society, and above everything else seeking to bring honor and glory to his wonderful Name.
To be “in Christ” means that God no longer sees our imperfections; He sees the righteousness of His own Son (Ephesians 2:13; Hebrews 8:12).
Lord, I pray that we would stop trying to find our identity in anything other than being a child of God, a chosen people. Thank You for your love and grace, which we do not deserve and cannot afford. Help us be comforted by you, and find our likeness to you. That the gifts and talents, careers and relationships in our life are not who we are but blessings and responsibilities we have been given. Help us all to be satisfied and find significance in you. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!