Who are you? It’s a profound question that many of us have trouble answering. Who are we in Christ? Well, that’s even worse, If you don’t know yourself how could you know that?
I’ve been trying to study this topic for awhile now, and when I’m down and out. I like to read through and remember who I am.
If you’re in a place of despair, and you feel beaten down or worn out. Read through these topics and take heart. Click the links and read the verses, let the Holy Spirit speak to your heart, and understand you’re not living alone.
We Are An Adopted Child Of God
“I will be a Father to you,2 Corinthians 6:18
and you will be my sons and daughters,
says the Lord Almighty.”
When learning who you are in Christ, it’s important to understand that God has adopted you into his family. In Galatians 4:4-5 Paul talks about receiving an adoption to sonship.
Why Would God Adopt You?
This question is really simple. He would adopt you, because he loved you. the Bible says that God knew you before you were in your mothers womb, and he loved you.
Remember this next time you go to work, or go out with friends. You are a child of God, and he loves and cares for you. Whatever happens, his love will never fail.
We Have Freedom In Christ
Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 2 Corinthians 3:16
What kind of freedom are you living under? Sometimes my freedom gets me into trouble, and causes pain. Other times it leads me to greater freedoms. One of my favorite quotes comes from a Pastor in LA. His Name is Erwin McManus and in his book ‘Uprising,’ he states;
Not All Free Acts Lead To FreedomErwin McManus
As humans we are free to choose and make choices, but those choices have consequences, both good and bad. In our culture we view freedom as the choice to do whatever we want.
In Reality, True Freedom Is Tempered With Discipline.
Why Freedom Needs Discipline?
Freedom needs discipline because it needs to be focused. We were once slaves to sin, and we became slaves to sin because of our choices. Jesus Christ died on the cross to free us from this slavery, but we still have choices to make.
The sacrifice of Christ does not release us from the responsibility or our choices. Instead his sacrifice unlocks our chains, and we can choose to stay in our prison unchained, or leave and be free.
We Are Living Sacrifices
Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.Romans 12:1
In ancient times the Hebrews offered sacrifices God. These sacrifices were in the form of an animal. Most likely a goat, or turtle dove, and the blood of these animals was supposed to cover the sins of the people.
God isn’t asking you to die, he is asking you to give up your life and follow him. Christ didn’t die so we could live our lives without him, he died so we could fight alongside him. Rescuing our brothers and sisters. In my blog post, “I am the way.” I break down what Jesus was saying. He is the only way, and we are sign posts pointing the way to him.
Live your life with Christ, and keep your message legible to everyone.
Jesus Christ Says Take Up Your Cross
Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and takeup their cross daily and follow me.Luke 9:23
This verse can be confusing, but in todays terms. Jesus is saying, “Take Up Your Electric Chair And Follow Me.” He’s asking us to let everything go, die to ourselves and follow him.
In the later part of Hebrews 11. We are told about people with epic faith, and their names are not even mentioned. Instead, the Bible tells us what happened to them because of their faith. They were killed, flogged, lonely, and lived hard lives.
the Bible even says the world did not deserve them.
These are the people I think about, when I hear take up your cross. Don’t get me wrong, I hope I won’t have to experience what they did. but if I ever do, I hope and pray that I have the faith to survive it.
We Are Witnesses For Christ
but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.”Acts 1:8
One of the last commandments Jesus gave to us on earth was to be a witness all over the world. He didn’t say make converts, he said make disciples. Do you know what the difference is?
A Convert: They aren’t bad, they’re newer Christians, or people who haven’t grown into who Christ has called them to be. My prayer is that all of you grow and become disciples.
A Disciple: This is a person who’s matured in their faith. They understand who they are in Christ, and live their faith out in real life. They show the love of Christ to everyone they meet, especially their enemies and people who want to do them harm.
By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles?Matthew 7:16
Keep in mind a lot of people will call themselves disciples, and there are many ministries trying to disciple people. It’s hard to decipher who is real and who is not, but the Bible is very clear about this.
You’ll know them by their fruit. Take a look at them? Are they living righteously? Do they pass the smell test? the Bible states that we should test spirits, and I believe we should test people before we yoke ourselves too them.
We Are Loved By God
“We love because He first loved us.”1 John 4:19
“And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.”1 John 4:16
“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him!”Romans 5:8-9
John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”John 3:16
We are loved by God, and the biggest lie Satan will ever tell you, is that God doesn’t care. he will say you aren’t loved and God hates you. The four verses above and countless others that I didn’t put up here are contrary to that.
Why would Jesus die for you? Why would he come and heal the sick, train the disciples, and rise from the dead? He came because he loved you, and his plan was the only way.
Jesus isn’t saying “I am the way,” because he’s a jerk. He’s saying that because nobody else is coming, and he’s the only way off this rock.
We Love Christ, Because He Loved Us First
Mercy is punishment withheld, and Grace is something given freely, especially when we don’t deserve it. Everyday I ask Jesus for grace and mercy. I’m not perfect, I mess up all the time, but when you give your life to Jesus. He gives you the strength to get up, and keep going.
If you’re reading this, and you’re wondering who you are in Christ. This isn’t an exhaustive list. I’m only scratching the surface. Don’t forget:
- You Are A Child Of God
- We Have Freedom In Christ
- You Are A Living Sacrifice
- Jesus Said Take Up Your Cross
- We Are Witnesses
- You Are Loved By God
Right now you might not feel loved. I’d suggest finding a nice quiet place, and asking God to speak with you. If you’ve never heard his voice or have trouble understanding it. Check out my blog called Hearing Gods Voice.
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