Living Out of My Identity
Now before the Feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart out of this world to the Father, having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. During supper, when the devil had already put it into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, to betray him, Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going back to God, rose from supper. John 13:1-4
The apostle John described Jesus just before he donned the garb of a servant to wash his disciples' feet. Note what Jesus knew: he knew his hour had come, he knew Father had given all things into his hands, that he had come from God and was going back to God. He could behave as the lowest slave in the room because he knew who he was.
I love what Neal Anderson wrote: No person can consistently behave in a way that is inconsistent with what they believe about themselves. So if I think I am just a loser or I’m lame or I’m trying to live up to someone else’s expectations, I never ever really truly get there...the last thing the devil wants you to know is who you are in Christ. Because the person who knows what it means to be a child of God, to be seated with Christ in the heavenlies, is the most secure person around because you’re in touch and your soul is in union with the God of the universe. 1 John 5 says “Satan can’t touch me, I’m a child of God.” That is critically important because it affects how you live. If you know who you are, you’re just living out the salvation that God has given to you.**
Paul wrote to his friends in Galatia For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. Putting on Christ gives me a brand spankin' new identity. I'm not a better person, I'm a brand new, different creature!
Greg Boyd wrote in his book Seeing is Believing, “All genuine spiritual growth comes from the Holy Spirit making our true identity real to us and overcoming the self-identity we inherited from the pattern of the world..which came from our upbringing, experiences, and culture.” Boyd listed nine realities which are true once a person comes into relationship with God through Jesus Christ:
All that is part of our old self, all that is sinful and contrary to God, has been crucified. It is dead.
We are completely forgiven, perfected for all time, and hence completely reconciled to God.
We are completely made new and given Christ’s eternal resurrected life.
We are indwelled with the Spirit of Jesus, the Spirit of God Almighty, made into a temple of God.
We are redeemed and set free from the curse of the law.
We are seated “in heavenly places” and made partakers of the eternal inheritance Christ purchased for us.
We are hidden in Christ and united with Christ. As such, we are made participants in the eternal love that flows within the Triune Godhead.
God the Father completely redefines our state of being. Once we were in Adam and were “by nature children of wrath”, now we are in Christ and are the recipients of the very same eternal, perfect love he has for his Son.
The Father has chosen us and made us “holy and blameless before him in love.” He loves us and lavishes on us “his glorious grace” as he relates to us as we are “in the Beloved,” Jesus Christ. This means that the relationship God has with us now is defined by the eternal, unsurpassable, loving relationship he has with his own eternal Son!
This is who we truly are when we place our trust in Christ. We must tell ourselves the truth, and overcome the lies and the false identities we have developed. To overcome the identity that we developed from our family of origin, our experiences, and the culture in which we grew up, we must learn, repeat, and choose to live out of who God says we are. Join me to affirm both internally and vocally who we are in Christ. Believe God, and then act like we believe it! Choosing to believe, Perry Floyd