The world would have us to believe that our identity comes from our possessions, our degrees, our careers, and our neighborhoods. We find our identity in what we have and what we have accomplished. The bible defines everything in relation to God and calls us to find our identity in relation to God’s call on our lives. God’s desire for us is that we will have the same self-awareness, of whose and who we are, as expressed by Paul in his letter to the church at Corinth.
Our identity in Christ
“I, Paul, have been called and sent by Jesus, the Messiah, according to God’s plan, along with my friend Sosthenes. I send this letter to you in God’s church at Corinth, believers cleaned up by Jesus and set apart for a God-filled life. I include in my greeting all who call out to Jesus, wherever they live. He’s their Master as well as ours!”
1 Corinthians 1:1-2 MS
Paul states clearly who he is, an apostle of Christ Jesus. He reminds the church who they are, the church of God in Corinth. We are sanctified in Christ Jesus and called to be His holy people. This is our identity in Christ. God calls us to be his holy people. We are sanctified in Christ Jesus. When He calls us, He equips us. I Corinthians 1:1-2
His has placed in us every gift that we need to carry out His call in our lives, while we wait for His return. What a peace comes from living our lives according to and in the assurance of God’s call on our lives. God equips us for this calling. That is freedom, not being defined by our things, our looks, our careers, and other things of this world. These things can all be taken away but our identity in Christ will never change. That freedom can’t be taken away and can’t be diminished.
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