Day 24 - Remember Your Identity: Who am I in Christ?
For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again. So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: the old has gone, the new is here! (2 Corinthians 5:14-17)
Our God makes all things new. While it may feel like there are many traces of an old life behind you, remember who you are: in Christ we who were spiritually dead are now alive. Give thanks for this new life in God who redeems, resurrects and renews.
Who are you? The Bible tells us that for Christians, your old self has gone, and your new identity is Christ is here! It may be that you don’t feel very new. But this is the truth Scripture proclaims - you are a new creation in Christ.
But this applies not just to the individual. Look at how Paul speaks in 2 Corinthians. We ought not to consider each other in the old way either! We should look at community through the eyes of this new identity and not using worldly comparisons. Paul explains to the Corinthians that his ‘new creation’ identity means we love each other, compelled by the love of Christ. He encourages us to live out Christ’s love as those who have been made new.
- Have you forgotten your identity as a new creation, free from the old life of sin? Rejoice that God has made us new from the inside out.
- How should being new creations lead us to live out Christ’s love amongst each other? Are we still remembering old faults and mistakes? What would it look like if we saw each other as new creations in Christ?
Heavenly Father, we often forget that in Christ we are new creations. Help us to remember who we are. O Lord, overwhelm us with Your love so that it compels and controls us. We thank You for this great love which Jesus showed when He went to the cross. Spirit, guide us and mould us to be more Christ-like in the way we view ourselves and others. Amen.
- A deeper understanding of our new identity in Christ and freedom from past guilt, shame and fear.
- Forgiveness and grace to be shown amongst the members in GBC.
- The women’s ministry of GBC to be effective in encouraging women to live for Jesus.