Discovering Our True Identity
1 Corinthians 1:1-9
1 Paul, called by the will of God to be an apostle of Christ Jesus, and our brother Sosthenes, 2 To the church of God that is in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints together with all those who in every place call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, both their Lord and ours: 3 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
4 I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that was given you in Christ Jesus, 5 that in every way you were enriched in him in all speech and all knowledge¡X 6 even as the testimony about Christ was confirmed among you¡X 7 so that you are not lacking in any gift, as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ, 8 who will sustain you to the end, guiltless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
Many Christians are experiencing an identity crisis. They know they¡¦re saved, but they don¡¦t really know what to think about themselves. Let¡¦s take a little test. Do you consider yourself a sinner saved by grace or a saint who occasionally sins? Both statements are true, but the first one dwells on your past identity, whereas the second focuses on the Lord¡¦s perception of you.
If you are a believer, God¡¦s Word says that you are a saint (v. 2). But too many of us still see ourselves as the same old sinner, who¡¦s been forgiven and patched up and yet is basically unchanged inside. But the Lord says anyone in Christ ¡§is a new creature; the old things passed away¡¨ (2 Cor. 5:17). That¡¦s what being born again is all about. We can never go back to the way we were.
The solution to this identity crisis is to change the way we think about ourselves. If we don¡¦t, we¡¦ll rely on how we feel, and Satan will bombard us with reminders of our failures and sins. He wants to keep us focused on being a sinner, because he knows that the recognition of our sainthood will lead us to live like saints. We¡¦ll be motivated and empowered to obey God, and the Devil will lose his foothold in our lives.
Jesus didn¡¦t come just to save you from hell; He wants to live His life through you. In Christ, you have a new identity which has replaced your old one. If you will focus on who you are now, your actions will follow, and you¡¦ll experience the enjoyment of a victorious Christian life.