John 14:9-“Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father.”
A national news network recently reported on a man who was released from prison after serving time for a crime he didn’t commit. A case of mistaken identity had stolen many of his best years. Many believers have been living a life of mistaken identity and as a result, many of their best years have also been stolen. Unless you are In Christ and understand who you are IN CHRIST, Satan will sentence you to a life of worthlessness, fear, insecurity and manipulation.
The Apostle Paul tells us in Galatians 2:20 “it is no longer I that lives, but Christ that lives in me.” When we know who Christ is in us, we will begin to think like Christ and speak the truth of who He is in us. That is the believer’s true identity. When you identify with what people say you are versus who God says you are, you’re setting yourself up for a struggle with insecurity. Most people’s identity is based on their profession, or if they are single or married, or if they have children. They believe what they do is who they are. The problem with that perception is – what happens if you lose your job or you go through a divorce? God forbid your child passes away. Because most people derive their identity from what they do, they live in insecurity and fear of losing the thing that they believe they get their identity from. Having a vocation, being single or married or being a parent might be what you do but that is not who you are. That is not your identity. Our identity, how we see ourselves can only truly come from who we were created to be.
It’s a spiritual thing.
Jesus only identified Himself with God’s opinion. They were one. In John 17:22, Jesus is speaking to the Father about the believer. He said, “I have given them (the believer) the glory that you gave me, that they may be one with us.” Jesus is saying that the believer is one with Him and the Father, so you possess the same nature, the same character, the same quality of life that He Himself possesses. When you know who Christ is in you that becomes the identity you have of yourself. That doesn’t change according to circumstances. When it’s settled in you, it becomes who you are and how you see yourself. People said terrible things about Jesus, yet the Bible says in Matthew 21:42 “the stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone.” Jesus always believed what the Father said about Him in spite of other’s opinions. You too can choose to believe what our Father says about you despite what others might think or say of you.
When we don’t know who we are In Christ we can become so opinionated of others. We can neglect to recognize others for who they really are. Knowing who you are IN CHRIST gives you the confidence to hold your head up high without being judgmental of others. The Apostle Paul said in Colossians 2:10,” In Christ you have been made complete.” Complete means lacking nothing. Once you understand that you are complete, lacking nothing, you’ll stop feeling inadequate, insecure, judgmental and constantly falling short.
Complete means lacking nothing.
You don’t have to struggle with being accepted by people when you’ve been accepted by God. God loves you and has a plan for you. Never lose sight of that! Rather than focusing on people, begin looking at Jesus in you, “the author and finisher of your faith”, because you already have His approval.
My prayer for you today is that Jesus will become so real to you that your identity becomes like Him. I say it like this – “On the cross, Jesus became what He wasn’t so you can become what you weren’t, In Him!”
Pointing People to Jesus,
“On Earth as it is in Heaven!”