Where is your identity? Is it in your kids? How about your spouse? Is it wrapped up in your actions or your circumstances? It is often said that we are to find our identity in Christ. We can go to scripture to find out who God says we are, but how do we live that out? How do we get it to sink in to the deepest recesses of our heart so that it becomes the very heartbeat of how we live?
We have to replace the lies in our lives with truth from scripture. When the CD of negativity begins to play in our minds, we have to literally say to ourselves, “Stop! What does God’s word say?” Then we can replace the negative lie with the positive truth from God’s word.
It may look something like this. We look at our circumstances and don’t like what we see. Diligent prayer seems to have gone unanswered and frustration mounts. Disillusion takes the place of faith and we begin to believe the lie that God doesn’t really care about what we’re going through. When this lie runs through our brains, we can refute it with verses such as Jeremiah 31:3-4a The Lord appeared to us in the past, saying: “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving-kindness. I will build you up again and you will be rebuilt.
Through this practice, truth replaces lies and more victorious living can come about. If we are to be successful at really living out our identity in Christ, we have to dig into the scripture, find those nuggets of truth, and claim them as our own. We can’t sit on the sideline of lukewarm Christianity and expect that God will move and produce fruit in our lives. Through daily study of God’s word, we will learn the truth of who we are and then be able to live it out.
I once heard one of my dad’s friends saying that he went to a garage sale and saw a Bible on the table. The outside cover was battered and scarred. It looked as if it had been well-used. Imagine his surprise when he picked it up and the pages inside were crisp and clean as if he were holding a brand new Bible. How sad this is! It’s not enough to sit in church every Sunday and carry your Bible with you. If we want to grow in our faith and live our identity in Christ, then it’s time to get serious about the words between our Bibles’ covers. I challenge you today to dust off that Bible that’s been sitting on your end-table or shelf and start digging in. Read it, study it, and meditate on it, until it becomes the very breath of your existence.