Written with: ADMIRATION
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 Peter 2:9 NIV
Knowing our identity in Christ is crucial to our everyday lives. It can mean the difference between having a good day and a bad day. It is the difference between being defeated and embracing life’s challenges. It can give us the strength to forgive when it’s so hard to move past the pain. Give us hope where there is none. Give us peace that truly surpasses all understanding. Knowing who we are in Christ is a BOLD declaration. It is a stance to be made in front of all our enemies. It is our protection from their evil schemes. And it is by virtue, as a result of the blood of Jesus, our knowledge to obtain.
Obtaining such divine awareness takes time. Time to peel back the layers and truly understand its depth. To do this, we need to first understand two facts:
- WHO Christ is
- WHAT role He plays in our lives.
Who is Jesus Christ?
During Jesus’ time here on Earth, He showed us how to fully live in LOVE. Through His miracles, teachings, forgiveness, and praying for others, He faithfully led by example. Hebrews 4:15 tells us that we have a High Priest who understands our weaknesses, for He faced all the same testings; yet, He did not sin. By knowing what it felt like to be betrayed, He taught us how to forgive. By knowing what temptation looked like, He taught us how to rebuke the Devil. By not condemning the adulterous woman, He taught us what not judging looked like. And by truly trusting in God’s plan, He taught us how to have faith.
Jesus knew we would struggle with such things. That’s why He asked God to send us an advocate – the Holy Spirit. He wanted us to continue to LOVE and be taught LOVE even after He ascended to heaven. He LOVED us that much.
Not only is Jesus our role model, He was also the ultimate and perfect sacrifice for our sins – the perfect Lamb. He died on the cross so that we could live and have everlasting life with the Father. He also made it possible for us to have a close, intimate relationship with God while on Earth. Friends, this is who Jesus is.
What role does Jesus play in our everyday lives?
The answer to this question can be a bit overwhelming. But simply put, EVERY good thing in our lives is a blessing from God. Everything – from waking us up in the morning, to getting us to work on time, to giving us that awesome idea, to helping us make it through a stressful day, to getting us home safely to our families. If we could record every single moment of our day, we would see how He showed up in every detail. It’s pretty amazing when you think about it. But you have to be humble enough to see it, feel it, and fully appreciate it. Below are some of the many gifts Jesus grants us on a daily basis (not in any particular order).
- The Gift of Peace – Anytime we are going through a stressful situation, Jesus wants to be our Peacemaker. He gives us hope and through this hope, we find peace. “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit” (Romans 15:13, NIV)
- The Gift of Mercy and Grace – We screw up so many times. Whether it’s with work, our kids, our business, our relationship with God or something else, we fail. But Jesus doesn’t look at our failures. He focuses on our potential. He’s our biggest cheerleader. So even though we procrastinated and were 2 hours away from a missed work deadline, we were okay because the boss extended the due date. This is mercy and grace. "For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast." (Ephesians 2:8-9)
- The Gift of Forgiveness/Righteousness/Salvation - Satan is real and so is sin. Living in this world, there is no getting around it. No matter how much of a devout Christian you are, you will fall victim – everyone does. God knew this. That’s why He sent Jesus to cover what we lacked. No, this does not give us a license to sin, but it does help when we are trying our best to be more like Jesus. It takes the pressure off and allows us to know that Jesus has our backs. The righteousness of Christ is imputed to us as believers and by this, our salvation cannot be taken away. "For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God." (2 Corinthians 5:21)
- The Gift of Joy – How could you explain a cancer patient smiling or the giddiness we feel when we are connecting with God? It doesn’t make sense, and you can’t describe it. This is why this gift is so precious. Joy is a state of mind regardless of the circumstance. "You love him even though you have never seen him. Though you do not see him now, you trust him; and you rejoice with a glorious, inexpressible joy." (1 Peter 1:8)
- The Gift of the Holy Spirit – The Holy Spirit is the gift that keeps on giving. He gives us gifts: wisdom, discernment, guidance, to name a few. There is never ever a reason to feel alone. He goes wherever we go. He feels whatever we feel. And He gives us the power and strength to get through life. “For God has not given us the spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline” (2 Timothy 1:7)
You see, Jesus doesn’t want to be just a character in the Bible, He wants to be alive and present in our everyday lives.
What ties knowing WHO Christ is and WHAT role He plays, to us truly knowing who WE are in Christ? Relationship!
It is not enough to just know facts. You have to feel and experience for yourself. You do this by spending time with God. We suggest you start with a current stronghold. Research it in the Bible. Talk to God about it. Use the scriptures above and write out what applying them to your situation looks like. Doing this will not only help you break free, but it will also build an unmistakable bond. Then and only then, will you truly know who YOU are in Christ, and no one can tell you differently.