It’s so easy to get caught up in our own ideas or the world’s ideas about who we are or who we should be. But what does God say? Who does God say that I am? Who am I in Christ? This series takes a journey through God’s Word to discover the truth about who we are in Him.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. (2 Corinthians 5:17)
It might sound like psycho-babble, but as a Christian, “your past does not define you.” Or, maybe more accurately, your past should not define you.
This is a huge reason why I like to walk through all of these “Who I Am In Christ” Scriptures. It’s so easy to get stuck in who I used to be; to be looking backward instead of looking up at Who He is and what He has done.
Our pastor has sometimes said, “It’s not WHO you are; it’s WHOSE you are.” Let the truth of that statement sink in for a minute. This is the Gospel. This is amazing grace. This life I’m living is not about ME – it’s not about who I used to be; it’s not even about who I am today, or who I’m going to become. It’s about Jesus. He gets the glory.
From Distracted/Discouraged To Delivered
The enemy of our souls loves to distract us and discourage us by throwing our past in our faces. He wants us to forget the Truth. He wants to paralyze us and prevent us from walking in the freedom and grace God has for us. Don’t get sucked into his tricks. Don’t listen to his lies – listen to God’s Word instead.
So when I’m tempted to look back, to get sucked into guilt or condemnation because of stuff I dealt with in the past, I need to go to God’s Word and remind myself of the Truth. That was then. This is now. And according to God, I am not the same person I was yesterday, or last year. I’m not the same mom. Not the same wife. Not the same daughter. Not the same friend. According to God’s Word, “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” (Galatians 2:20)
Today, I will choose to walk by faith as one who has been reborn. I will choose to believe that I am no longer who I once was. I will not be held down or held back by bad memories or self-inflicted guilt trips. I will meditate on the Truth of God’s Word and live in light of the Gospel. I will look up and out, not down and in.
Live It Out
Do you find that you describe yourself according to your past? (“I used to do this. I used to be that.”) Do you look at yourself and see who you used to be?
Remind yourself of the Truth of the Gospel today. If you’re feeling guilty because of a sin you have not yet dealt with or repented of, today can be the day you let that go and start fresh. Don’t let another day go by that you are drowning under the weight of it! God wants you to be set free and receive His forgiveness.
If you’re not struggling with guilt, but you find yourself constantly wishing you were better – a better wife, a better mom, a better you-fill-in-the-blank, take a look in the mirror and remind yourself that you are a new creation in Christ. Nothing you do, no amount of striving for perfection on your own strength is going to turn you into the woman of your dreams. It is “CHRIST IN YOU, the hope of glory.” (Colossians 1:27) Fix your eyes on Jesus instead of getting bogged down by your own self. Your life is not about you – it’s about Christ in you.
If you have the time, I strongly encourage you to enjoy Carrie Gaul’s message about how we are Approved in the eyes of God.