Minister’s Message: Being the real you

When we are in Christ, we have an authentic identity

Who are you? Or, who do you want to become? What kind of a person do you want to be?

Some time ago, a college advertised for students by telling them, you need to ask yourself “Who am I?” The truth is, many are still trying to figure out how to be the person they want to be. Today many people cannot find their purpose or their identity.

What is amazing is that, when we are in Christ, we have an authentic identity. We have purpose and high calling in life. We want to live our lives in God’s Spirit and in God’s truth. Jesus said “Follow Me.” Jesus also told us that when we abide in Him, He will abide in us. John 15:7. When we are in Christ, we are living a life of love and service.

When we are in Christ, the real you lives in truth and authenticity. Others will notice if your life does not represent truth and authenticity. They will notice how you talk, act and speak is not of God. But when you are authentic in your walk with God, people will notice that there is something “different” about you that is solid, of good reputation, reliable and living a radiant, abundant life in the light of God’s love and values.

King Solomon was considered the wisest man of his time. In Proverbs 3:5-8, King Solomon gives some sage advice about looking to God and relying on God for our good.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart

And do not lean on your own understanding.

In all your ways acknowledge Him,

And He will make your paths straight.

Do not be wise in your own eyes;

Fear the Lord and turn away from evil.

It will be healing to your body

And refreshment to your bones.”

Let’s pause for a minute and reflect on who God says you are. The Bible is the Word of God. The Bible tells you who your are, when you believe Christ is the Son of God:

You are “chosen.” John 15:16. That is, God knows you and chooses you to be His.

You are beloved children of God. 1 John 3:1.

Your body is the temple of God. 1 Corinthians 3:16.

You are created by God for good works and to do wonderful things, which God has planned for you to do.

Ephesians 2:10 says:

“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.”

We also learn in Romans 8:28, that when we love God and are called according to His purpose, all things in life begin working for our good. One door may shut, but a better door will open.

Living truthfully and with authenticity and good character is essential. Jesus told us:

“God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” John 4:24

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