Post by Faith Reboot’s Marietta Taylorwww.mariettataylor.net)
Have you heard the phrase “Identity in Christ”? When someone becomes a Christian, they get a new identity and a new spiritual life. That identity, that life, is based on Jesus. One of the biggest problems is that we often don’t really accept it. We get stuck using our “old ids” when Jesus is expecting us to move forward and never look back. Why? Because that’s what God does. He throws out our old life and never thinks of it again (Jeremiah 31:34). So what does this new life look like? Well for myself, I think it looks fluffy.
Forgiven – First and foremost we are forgiven. Whatever we have done or will do is forgiven. That is what Jesus died on the cross for – our sins- past, present and future. All sins. No matter how big or small, Christ’s death paid for them. We have to stop thinking that we can’t be forgiven for something. That’s nonsense. Psalm 103:12 says, “as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.. “ And then Colossians 2:13 says “He forgave us all our sins”. All means all. We are forgiven. Accept that.
Loved – We are loved by God. My life verse is Romans 8:38-39. In the NIV translation it reads, “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. “ God loves me. He loves you. Nothing is ever going to change that. Nothing.
Useful – Now that we belong to God (praise Him for that!), we have a purpose. God has plans for our life. Not just plans though, good plans. In fact, before we became His, He already had things in mind for us. How do we know this? Ephesians 2:10 says “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. “ We are important to God’s work here. We must never think we are worthless or have no purpose. We are useful. God said we are.
Family – We are members of God’s family now. John 1:12-13 says we are children of God, born of God, when we accepted Jesus as our Lord and Savior. He chose to adopt us into His family. 1 Thessalonians 1:14 says this about us: “For we know, brothers and sisters loved by God, that he has chosen you .” God chose us to be His children. He specifically chose us. How awesome is that? Not only that but look at this from Romans 8:17: “Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ”. We are not just family, we are heirs. That makes me feel wonderful, privileged and humbled. I hope it makes you feel the same way.
Free – Sin used to rule us. It had us in shackles and was running our lives. We might have have even been fully aware of it, but without God in our lives. sin was our master. But now, now, we are free from that. Romans 6:18 says we have been set free from sin. We are told that God has rescued us: “For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves“. (Colossians 1:13). We are free. Let’s not keep letting our enemy, the devil, keep putting the chains back on us. They are broken. We are free. Let’s. Be. Free.
Yoked – Yoked means being bound to, attached,, or tied to. We are bound to God by our status as children. But He has also given Himself to us in the form of the Holy Spirit, who lives in us. God is always with us. All the way back in the Old Testament we are told: “the Lord your God goes with you;
he will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Deuteronmoy 31:6, NIV).. And just so we don’t forget, we are told again in the New Testament, Hebrews 13:5-6, “God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?” God is always with us. We are yoked to Him, and because we are, we can survive and thrive in this world until we see our new real home, heaven.
Have you fully embraced your fluffy Christian life? If not, what areas do you struggle and why? Comment below and I will share some verses with you that I hope will help you walk fully in what God intends for you (and me).