Devotion

Riches Not Rags

As Christians, it is good to know our identity and who we are in Christ. The closer we grow to Christ in our relationship with him, the more we will discover our true identity and who we are and who we belong to.

I remember the night I gave my life to Christ as if it were only yesterday; when I was a teenager many years ago. One of the Bible verses given to me that night was John 1:12 (NIV) “Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, He gave the right to become children of God”.

I realised the privilege and pleasure and identity that was mine in receiving Christ and the power this gave me to live as a child of God.

Some Christians may struggle to realise their true identity in Christ and this is portrayed in their attitude and the way they live their lives.
Study of the Scriptures shows many verses that help us to know and understand our identity as children of God. If we lived in the light of who we are in Christ, our prayer life would be more powerful, our faith would grow stronger, and we would be more bold in our witness for Christ.

Many people live today without knowing their true identity. All of us need to belong to something; to be able to identify with someone. We may have families whom we identify with, our children, the jobs we do, etc. But, we are also children of the most high God and that comes with all the power and privileges that are ours for the taking.

We can allow feelings of unworthiness, inferiority, insecurity and inadequacy to limit our growth in Christ.
Sometimes we feel we will never attain to perfection, or we keep comparing ourselves to other Christians.

We often believe the lies of the enemy that we are rubbish, that we are our failures, rather than taking hold of the truth of God’s word and applying this to our thinking.

When Jesus was tempted by the devil in the wilderness, His response was to quote Scripture at him. Jesus knew his God given identity and who he was and he knew the Scriptures. It is so important to read, meditate and learn the Scriptures, so we know our true identity and all that we have in Christ. Then, when feelings of unworthiness and doubt come, we can know and say for certain who we are in Christ.

Years ago, I remember singing a song that says, “He owns the cattle on a thousand hills, the wealth in every mine. He owns the rivers and the rocks and rills, the sun and stars that shine. Wonderful riches more than tongue can tell, he is my father so they’re mine as well. He owns the cattle on a thousand hills, I know that He will care for me. We are rich in Christ. Everything He has is mine as well”.

If you are struggling as to your true identity and who you are in Christ, let the following Scriptures encourage you today:

You are God’s child (Galatians 3:26).
Jesus calls you his friend (John 15:15).
You are a new person with a new life (2 Corinthians 5:17).
You are a unique work of art (Ephesians 2:10).
You are salt and life (Matthew 5:13-14).
You are adopted into the family of God (Ephesians 1:5).
God”s Spirit lives in you (1 Corinthians 6:19.

Know who you are and live in the light of that knowledge.

 

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