There is no 3-point sermon with the answer
Day //13// of a 30 day personal publishing challenge on identity in Christ
As someone who is still learning to live into the truth that my identity is found first in Jesus, I only have ideas, not answers.
I do know that the starting point is belief. If I don’t believe that sin no longer defines who I am, that my performance does not dictate my identity, then I can never embrace the freedom of being in Christ.
The journey forward always starts with a first step. A new identity begins by letting go of the old one. The old identity was my sin, my struggle to be “good,” my search for steady righteousness that was always disappointed.
Believing that those failures and flounderings are not the real me is the beginning.
And then…the rest is practice.
Practicing remembering who I have become, and who I am becoming.
I have become an heir with Christ himself, I have become righteous because of his righteousness, I have become a dwelling place for the Holy Spirit.
Remembering these as facts, regardless of how I feel, is the owning of the identity.
Believing it is putting on the uniform. Practicing remembrance is wearing it into work…into school…into the house…into church.
Remembering is the red light before the wreck. Remembering is the life ring tossed into the roiling waves. Remembering is writing my name on the dotted line of forgiveness.
Remembering is practicing the identity I possess.