Ministry Monday: Pastor Resources on True Identity
Let’s look at what God says about you and your true identity. The mental picture you have of yourself is hard to change. In high school, I was the 98-pound weakling. I was smaller than most in my class and always wanted to be big. I lived “small” for many years, so that is the picture of myself that became ingrained in my mind. Even though now I am 6’3” and over 200 pounds, I still at times see myself as being small. I wonder who that guy is in the mirror.
In our spiritual lives, many of us have an inaccurate view of ourselves. It is holding us back in living the new life God has given us. In ministry, perhaps our identity is in being the worship leader, the head pastor, the assistant pastor, a board member, etc. Those titles change over time. We are to take joy in our callings, but our spiritual health depends on our true unchanging identity.
Pastor Resources on True Identity: 3 Self-Identity Truths
I am a child of God –
When we receive Jesus Christ as the Savior and Leader of our lives, we become a member of God’s family (John 1:12 and John 3:1). We enter a relationship with God. He becomes our Father and we are His children.
Your identity is not who you are in appearance, or power, or abilities, or status. God set His love on you. You are His child and a part of His family. You belong to God. You have the rights, privileges, and resources of being God’s child.
I am crucified with Christ –
There is victory. The key to being transformed is knowing and living according to who you are, not who you were. Because you are in vital connection to Jesus Christ through faith in Him, God sees what happened to Christ 2000 years ago as happening to you. Therefore, you get in on all the benefits of Christ’s death and resurrection.
I am complete in Christ –
Here the core concept is sufficiency. You are complete. Nothing is lacking. You don’t need something in addition to Christ to experience wholeness. What you deeply need is Christ. The place we need to turn when feelings of emptiness, loneliness, and seeming unfillable spaciousness begin to overwhelm us is not to people or things but to Christ who is sufficient for all the empty spaces of life.
Remember, your new identity in Jesus Christ. In Heaven, a Man’s scarred hands prove His love for you and me. He won custody of us forever and He is perfectly capable of caring for us today. He wants us to know who we are – we belong to Him. We are His children and are to live not on our own effort, but to exchange our lives for His.
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