One day, a first-grade student asked his grandmother if he was a child of God. “Why, of course you are, Charles,” her grandmother replied. He looked puzzled, then responded, “Well I better get home and tell Mom and Dad–they think I’m theirs!”
We can laugh at this but it brings out a very important foundational truth in our Christian walk.
2 Corinthians 5:17 (AMP)
17 Therefore if anyone is in Christ [that is, grafted in, joined to Him by faith in Him as Savior], he is a new creature [reborn and renewed by the Holy Spirit]; the old things [the previous moral and spiritual condition] have passed away. Behold, new things have come [because spiritual awakening brings a new life]
Many people derive their identity from their achievements, possessions or even titles things that have no eternal value. Sadly the world class’s people and their identity based on what they have and not who they are and for some of us in the Church, we have followed suit.
Who am i?
I am a child of God. I am new creation, the old me that was lost and overwhelmed in sin died and through Christ a new me exists. I remember once a lady who loved to party gave her life to Christ and the next weekend temptation came knocking at her door when her friends called to ask her to go out with them. She told them “Sorry, but the girl you are looking for died! You are talking to a new person.”
Your identity determines how you behave and your perception of life. David knew who he was and thus though he was a young man with no experience in battle, he took down a giant that had caused the whole army to hide for days. Gideon is another example, when his perception of who he was changed, then he was transformed into a mighty man of valor.
Who are you?
If you identity comes from what your previous lifestyle and all that you did, then you will always live a life of regret and defeat. Your identity should come from Christ who has redeemed you for anyone who is in Christ is a new creation, the old is no more and behold all things about you and who you now are have been made new. Do not allow the enemy to lie to you based on your old life, read the word of God and know who you now are in Christ Jesus
I have put off the old man and have put on the new man, which is renewed in the knowledge after the image of Him Who created me (Colossians 3:9-10).
I have received the power of the Holy Spirit to lay hands on the sick and see them recover, to cast out demons, to speak with new tongues. I have power over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means harm me (Mark 16:17-18; Luke 10:17-19).
I have the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16; Philippians 2:5).
I am alive with Christ (Ephesians 2:5).
Read the word and allow God to introduce you to the new you!