When we look in the mirror in the morning we sometimes don’t like what we see. A little older, messier, crazy haired, or perhaps just plain tired. Too often we take that image of who we are and make it our identity. Nothing could be further from the truth. If we have accepted Christ as our Savior and become a child of God we have an identity that in our natural eyes we can’t see. It is our true identity however, as it is how our Heavenly Father sees us. If we live out of our old identity we find ourselves never quite feeling like we measure up. We lack confidence and therefore often find it hard to love others due to our own lack of self love. It prevents us from accomplishing the amazing things God has planned for each of us to do.
It is time for the body of Christ to live in our true identity. This identity can be found in the word of God. Thankfully God no longer sees us as we see ourselves and He wants us to live in our new identity. Christ died so that we could be made clean before our Father and walk in fellowship with Him daily. So how does God see those that have been born again into the Kingdom of God by accepting Christ?
If we don’t know, or haven’t really understood our new identity than it’s time we did. It will free us to become all that God wants us to be. Here are some verses that show how the Father now sees us….
2 Corinthians 5:17 NIV 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!
2 Corinthians 3:16 NIV 16 Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst?
1 Peter 2:9 NIV 9 But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.
1 Thessalonians 1:4 NIV 4 For we know, brothers and sisters loved by God, that he has chosen you.
2 Corinthians 5:18,19 NIV 18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 19 that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.
And here is a beautiful description of who we are and how we can now live! Romans 8:14,15 NIV 14 For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. 15 The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship.And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.”
John 15:15,16 NIV 15 I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. 16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit —fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.
God chose us. What an amazing realization! Not only are we His children but we are His friends!
Romans 8:37 NIV 37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.
Ephesians 2:6 NIV 6 And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus.
1 Corinthians 12:27 NIV 27 Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.
Ephesians 2:19 NIV 19 Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household.
God no longer sees us as foreigners outside His family but has welcomed us as His children and His friends. We are seated in Heavenly places in Christ. We have no excuse to go through life living out of our old nature when He has made us so much more in Christ. It’s time to start identifying ourselves as God sees us and living a victorious life through Him. The next time you look in the mirror and feel disappointment, remind yourself by quoting any of the above verses of who you REALLY are in Christ. 21 God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God. 2 Corinthians 5:21
Once we believe and live out of our true identity in Christ, we are free to go out and help others without all the entanglements of insecurity. We are free to accomplish great things!