Your New Identity
by Steve Robinson
“But they made me do it!” Oftentimes, when you correct a child, you will hear such a response. Why? They want to divert attention and blame away from themselves. While we know no one made the child do something wrong, a misguided desire influenced the child’s behavior and made it difficult to do the right thing. In the same way, before our faith in Christ, we didn’t have the ability to be righteous. We could only choose to live the way that seemed right to us, and in many cases that involved some kind of sin. Before Christ, our identity is corrupted.
However, once we accept Christ as our Lord and Savior, we take on a new identity. The old way of doing things has passed away. We are made new through receiving what Jesus did on the cross. When we are reconciled to God, our identity is no longer that of a sinner. Instead, we are called children of God. We no longer have to say, “He made me do it!” Now we can say, “God made me new.” In freedom, we can live out our new life and identity.
There are times in our lives when we fail and go back to our old ways of doing things. Sometimes old habits die hard. However, the beauty of our new identity is we now have a choice not to give ourselves over to the old way. We have a new life! Friends, enjoy and walk in your new identity today.
As you engage with God’s word:
● What is God saying to you?
● What does it mean to you?
● What action step do you need to take?
After you reflect on these questions, bring everything to God in prayer.