Thursday, January 7, 2010

Finding Identity - January 7, 2010

2 Corinthians 5:17 (New International Version)17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!

Another question that we often ask ourselves is, "Who am I?" We spend alot of time working on ourselves,seeking to present just the right image for the world to see. As young people, we wanted to fit in and to be liked by those around us by wanting to be identical to everyone else, but at the same time we went to great lengths to create our own individual identity and personality. We longed for self-worth and acceptance, and as we grew up, I would venture to say that not much really changed.

In the book of Corinthians, Chapter 5, Paul is very clear to let the Corinthian church know their identities as believers in Christ. He contrasts the earthly from the heavenly; the temporary from the eternal. He further encourages followers in Christ that they are no longer the same, and as such they are Christ's representatives of what God has done for His people.

When we decide to take the step to follow Jesus Christ we finally have true identity. God's love changes who we are from the inside out. We no longer are our "old selves", but we are transformed into something new, a "new creation"! As such, we also accept an awesome responsibility to reflect Christ to those around us, and to be the hands and feet of Jesus in our daily lives. Romans 10:15 (New Living Translation)15 And how will anyone go and tell them without being sent? That is why the Scriptures say, “How beautiful are the feet of messengers who bring good news!”(Isaiah 52:7)

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