With Resurrection Sunday a few days away, I thought it would be nice to discuss God’s perception of us as his children. Unlike the world, past experiences, or people, when we turn our lives over to Christ, we literally become a new being. The old is torn away and the individual God created can flourish.
This truth for some people however has been smothered with the lie of measuring up to ungodly identities and standards, causing people to live their lives through comparison, lack of identity and oppression.
God in all his sovereignty looks at us as he created us. This is contrary to how the world may look at us which is normally based on our class, ethnicity, education or financial status. God sees us as he created us - perfect and without void.
“Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.”
Matthew 5:48 NKJV
To top it off, he is well pleased with us before we do a thing. This does not include any form of sin that one may be entangled in as God hates sin. He truly loves his children not their sin. We must look at these two opposing forces separately to understand the true love of the father.
The goal of God’s children is live out this truth confidently each day to propel us to chase him more than the world and any attachment to sin.
So why are there so many people living opposite of this truth and embracing a lie? Lack of knowledge and understanding of what has already been given by Christ is the answer.
For example, I may have a vehicle in my garage for my transportation use. However if I’m not aware the vehicle is there for me to use, I’m going to exchange my money and time in locating someone to transport me or spend excess money and time using public transportation.
When we lack identity in Christ, we sell ourselves short because we don’t grab hold of what is already ours. In this case, we spend unnecessary time and money walking when we should be driving. When we grab hold to our new life in Christ, we get into our spiritual car and allow to the Lord to be our GPS. He leads us in the right direction meeting the right people, places and resources along the way. We simply trust where is he taking us.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”
II Corinthians 5:17 NKJV
This takes the pressure off to be something the world creates and instead allows one to flourish as they were designed! Instead of being in the driver seat and following our own GPS, we drive according to the path he has set.
This is the entire meaning of the Resurrection. Jesus died on the cross so each and every person who believes in him can have eternal life and live a life on earth that is that is full of peace, joy, prosperity.
The Christian life is not lived solely to go heaven but to live a joyous, prosperous life on earth! This first starts by understanding that we are perfect beings in Christ the moment we say Yes to Christ. Knowing our true identity is what will place us around the right crowd versus getting stuck with the wrong crowd. It validates our inner being and longing to stay connected with Christ versus the world. The void felt when self identity in Christ is absent, causes one to seek validation from others. This is where people trade their true identity from the one who created them for a lie built from a fallen angel.
As we approach Resurrection Sunday, keep at the forefront of your mind that God is for you! The work that Christ began on the cross was not the end but truly the beginning of life. You do not have to wait another day doing life alone. You can come into the kingdom of God as you are with baggage, stains, etc. and God will look at you as a clean slate if you turn from ungodly ways and trust him with your life.
“Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” And He said to me, “Write, for these words are true and faithful.”
"For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast."
Prayer of Salvation
Heavenly Father, forgive me of all my sins. I believe Jesus died for me and rose again so I could live for you. Fill me with your Spirit so I can know you, serve you, and follow you the rest of my life. My life is not my own—today I give it to you. Thank you for new life! In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.