Who do you best resemble? Asked this question and many of us think that we are like either our dad or our mom. The DNA points us in this direction. Growing up my dad and I got into a lot of “back and forth where him and I just plain got into it.” Even later in life there were moments when my dad and I did not see eye to eye – yet, we were a lot alike. You’ve heard the expression, “The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.” We use that phrase to refer to mannerisms & speech we see & hear of someone. So, in many ways I can see where one is either their father’s son or their mother’s daughter. We are a lot like those who brought us into this world. From a spiritual perspective truly as someone who believes that they are and call themselves a Christian the question becomes: who do we best identify or should identify with?
The Apostle Paul said, “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” Galatians 2:20
When God was fashioning you, He spoke you into your mother at just the right moment for you to be here now – right now. It wasn’t by any accident that you came into existence, nor was it a surprise to God. God designed you on purpose for His purpose—to glorify His name. Each of us are God’s design. Even before we arrived here scripture says, Ephesians 2:10, “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Long before any of us existed God had a plan for us, and He still has a plan. That plan included giving us identity.
As someone who believes in God your faith will grow as you realize you have identity and that identity is in Christ. What this means is that as you cultivate a lifestyle like Jesus lived while He walked this earth and surrender yourself to Him you will become more like Him every day. Remember: you are God’s precious child and He created you in a way to bring pleasure to Himself.
This “identity issue” is an important part of living the kind of life that the bible teaches, and the kind of life God wants for you. Jesus was able to face the incredible demands of His mission because He knew exactly who He was. He was and is the Son of God. What does this mean for you & me? It means this, God wants you to be you, God created you to be you. God knows you by name, God made you to live life to the fullest and experience all that this life has to offer. And God made you to serve Him, to live His way; so, surrender and believe you are who He says you are and live the way He wants You to live and you know what? In the end you will not only identify with Jesus Christ you will begin to resemble Him!
In Him, Your Pastor,