Someone recently shared these thoughts with me:
“Ministry flows out of being and results in doing.”
“We are human beings not human doings.”
Who am I? Our identity is important. It is what we believe about ourselves and impacts every aspect of our lives. I am not talking about self-esteem and looking in the mirror every morning to tell ourselves, “You’re amazing!” I am talking about our identity in Christ!
We are blessed with every spiritual blessing
All the riches of heaven are ours in Christ. Christians sometimes feel they are lacking something in their spiritual lives. They run everywhere looking for something higher, something deeper, something more exciting. Yet they overlook the fact that in Christ they already have it all! Colossians 2:10 simply states, “You are complete in Him.” You already have every spiritual blessing in Christ!
We are chosen
That means you were not an afterthought in God’s mind. Romans 8:29 says that God foreknew us. That means He knew you intimately as an individual from eternity past. Before you were ever born, before the world was created, He knew you and loved you. It was part of His plan before the foundation of the world to bless us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ.
We are adopted
As adopted sons and daughters, we have all the rights and privileges as a full member of the family. Hebrews 2 says Jesus isn’t ashamed to call us his brothers!
We are accepted in the beloved
The beloved is Jesus. Two times, God the Father publicly said of Jesus, “This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased.” We are accepted in the beloved. That means God also says the same about each one of us His children. If you have a hard time believing that, read John 17:23 and Ephesians 1:5. The New Living Translation says it this way, “His unchanging plan has always been to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. And this gave him great pleasure.”
We are redeemed
The story is told of a little boy who built a model sailboat. He spent hours on the project. The first day he sailed his boat, a gust of wind caught it and carried it away.
Sometime later he happened to see his boat in a pawn shop window. He could not prove to the shop keeper that it was his. The shopper keeper said to the little boy, “If you want it, you’ll have to buy it.” And so he did.
As the little boy walked out of the shop, he said to the boat, “Little boat, now you are twice mine—I made you and I bought you.” That is what God did for us. He made us and then He bought us back from sin with the precious blood of His Son. We are twice His.
We are forgiven
Micah 7:18-19 says, “Who is a God like You, Pardoning iniquity, and passing over the transgression of the remnant of His heritage? He does not retain His anger forever, because He delights in mercy. He will again have compassion on us, and will subdue our iniquities. You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea.”
In Christ our sins have been carried as far as the east is from the west and thrown into the depths of the sea. That means we are forgiven!
We are heirs
Hebrews 1:2 says that Jesus is “appointed heir of all things.” Everything that the Father has, He gives to His Son. By virtue of adoption into the family of God, we also receive full rights to the inheritance.
Romans 8 says we are joint heirs (co-heirs) with Christ. All of the inheritance that is coming to Jesus is also ours. That means we are rich!
We are sealed with the Holy Spirit
God has given us the Holy Spirit as a seal and guarantee of the full inheritance that is yet to come.
We could think of it this way. A father says to his son, “All that I have is yours. You cannot take possession of it yet, but it is already yours. As a guarantee, I am giving you a small portion of it now. We will write this down on paper and have it notarized with the seal of the notary so there will be no question about the authenticity of the document. There will be no question that the inheritance belongs to you.”
That is what God has done for us by giving us His Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the down payment of our full inheritance that is yet to come, and is the seal on us that makes us the legitimate heirs of the inheritance.
This is who we are in Christ.
Ministry flows out of being and results in doing.