This Week’s Key Verse: Romans 8:16-17 God’s Spirit touches our spirits and confirms who we truly are. We know who He is, and we know who we are: Father and children. And we know what is coming to us – an incredible inheritance!
Take a moment and pray that the Lord will speak to you in this time of study.
Read 1 John 4:13
Who are we anyhow, really? Our reading today tells us that we are in Christ and He is in us. As Christians it is important for us to know what this verse means and how we apply it to ourselves.
Many years ago I began to understand the importance of what it means to be “in Christ.” I had been in the practice of law as an attorney for almost 12 years when the Lord began to speak to me about going to seminary. I remember people asking me why would you want to give up the practice of law and go to seminary to become a pastor? Couldn’t you continue to help people in your practice instead of becoming a pastor? Some people looked at the decision from an economic perspective and a change in lifestyle. Others looked at it as a hardship to uproot a family; move to another city; and take on the added expense of four more years of education.
Up to that point in my life I had viewed myself as a husband, father, attorney, church leader, and educator. To each of these categories I had always sought to attach the label of Christian. In other words, I saw myself as a Christian husband, Christian father, Christian attorney, Christian church leader, and Christian educator. To each category I attached the label of Christian. What I am saying is that I sought to live out these areas of life as best I could as a Christian. Isn’t that what we all do? What the Lord began to teach me was that these categories did not define who I was. They did not determine my significance or value. If I could use the term, my success in life was not determined by what I did. I was above all else, a Christian who happened to be a husband; a Christian who happened to be a father; a Christian who happened to be an attorney; a Christian who happened to be a church leader; and a Christian who happened to be an educator. I was first and foremost “in Christ.” I was first and foremost a Christian. This alone defined who I was.
Realizing my true identity in Christ gave me the true freedom to walk away from any profession or lifestyle and follow wherever Christ might lead me. My significance above everything else came from my relationship with Christ and my identity in Him.
As you pray today, ask yourself, “Where does my true identity lie? What determines my significance in life? Am I living my life just trying to attach a label of Christian? Or am I really,’ in Christ?‘”
This devotional is based on the message “Identity: Peeling Away the Eclipse of Humanism” by Alec Mangum. To listen to Sunday morning messages, go to KPC.