The gospel of Jesus Christ is “good news” because it proves that we are no longer destined for separation from God. Jesus came to bring us into unity with the Lord—to give us a NEW identity! Our old selves no longer have a legal right to our actions because we have been made new by Christ’s sacrifice on our behalf.
With this new identity comes a responsibility: We must now live our lives in accordance with who we’ve become. We’ve been made pure, holy and righteous in God’s eyes, but we are still human—so we still have the capacity to sin. To live pure lives, we must embrace our identity in Christ on a daily basis. Here are some practical steps to help you do just that!
1. Expose yourself to the truth.
We can’t walk in purity if we don’t know what purity is. Holiness is God’s expectation for His people, not because He’s unrealistic or cruel, but because GOD is holy! In order for us to be in relationship with Him, we must be holy as well. This is why Jesus died on our behalf as the ultimate sacrifice for mankind; that sacrifice opened the door for our relationship with God Himself, removing the need for temporary animal sacrifices that were made in the Old Testament.
We need to expose ourselves to the truth about our identities on a daily basis. If we don’t know WHO we are, we won’t know HOW to act! This is why we spend time in God’s Word and prayer. It’s not to check things off a to-do list; it’s to commune with our loving Father God.
2. Remind yourself of your identity.
Maybe you do your devotions each morning, and maybe you know who you are in Christ. But by lunchtime, you’ve already forgotten what you read. When temptations come, you feel completely overwhelmed, and more often than not, you give in to your old self rather than live by your new identity.
God’s Word is powerful, but it’s not a one-time thing. We need to remind ourselves of who we are throughout each day by saturating our lives with God’s truth. Put a memory verse on the steering wheel of your car. Keep a flipbook of verses in your purse. Set reminders on your phone with encouraging quotes and reminders of your identity. Meet with a friend for accountability. Don’t let your mind be saturated with things that draw you away from God! Draw near to Him throughout each day.
3. Reject the lies about your identity.
The enemy of your soul targets your identity. He wants you to believe lies about who you are because if you do, you’ll act accordingly. If you believe you’re worthless, you’ll live below your worth. But if you recognize the incredible value Christ has placed on you—enough to die for your sake!—you’ll make choices that are consistent with who He is and what He’s done on your behalf.
Knowing this, reject the lies about your identity. When thoughts about yourself fill your mind, recognize them and evaluate them in light of God’s Word (another reason you need to know the Scripture!). Then reject them in Jesus’ name and choose to believe the truth of God’s Word for your life.
4. Speak positively about the identities of others.
What we believe about ourselves overflows in how we speak about others. We can’t love Christ and hate His people; we can’t embrace our identity in Him and demean the identities of others. Look for ways to speak well of the people around you and don’t allow bitterness or jealousy to take root.
Your identity is a precious commodity. You will act according to who you believe yourself to be! Protect yourself by allowing God to protect you with His truth. This only happens when you discipline yourself to be in His Word daily, drawing near to Him to hear His voice.