In our last newsletter update (sign up for it here) we mentioned our communications class we were taking to help improve our ability to speak to different audiences. Our second speech we had to do was intended for our peers. I (Meegan) shared something the Lord has been and is working in my heart on and I wanted to share it here as well. I hope it blesses you/challenges you to consider what you consider your identity to be or where you place it.
To start off- I want to tell you a story about an eagle and his lost identity.
He started out abandoned by his mom in his little egg. But Thankfully a farmer happened upon the nest and finding the egg still warm, put it under one of his chickens. When he hatched, the hen fed him but then he soon learned to peck at the ground to find seeds, worms and other insects just like the other chicks. Unfortunately, he became scrawny and weak, hunting for food constantly. See he was designed with a curved beak to eat flesh, and then grow into a strong , large bird, eating seeds was near impossible. To top it off, the other chickens made fun of him because he looked and talked different then they did.
One day, as he’s desperately searching for food, he notices a shadow of a large bird flying above. He looks up to see a beautiful eagle with strong wings, enjoying the thrill of riding the winds. How he wishes he was an eagle! Yet day after day he continues to search for food he wasn’t designed to eat. He is an eagle, but doesn’t know it. He could soar in the sky if he knew who he was. He could enjoy the life and diet of an eagle, and he could be strong if he were to understand who he is and what he was designed for.
From this story it is easy to see how sad it is that this eagle doesn’t know what he is. I wonder if he would have believed someone if they told him.
You may be reading this and know the right answer to where our identity should be held. Is it your job title? your social standing? a mom? a wife?
I know I have had many studies and sermons that have dealt with our identity in Christ-who the Bible says we are as His children. Our identity should be held in that because every other identity can change and doesn’t last for eternity.
But what the Lord has been showing me is that we may KNOW (head knowledge) the right answers but do we truly believe them and act accordingly.
Sometimes the promises of who we are as believers seem so different in our daily lives.
Because the reality is-we live according to how we perceive ourselves.
And unless our view of ourself lines up with His view- we will never get to experience the freedom, thrill, and joy of riding the winds like the eagle in the story. We won’t get to experience all the ways He desires to use us.
There are MANY passages throughout Scripture that speak to who we are in Christ.
Ephesians 1:1-14 (changed for personalization)
To YOU, the faithful In Christ Jesus.
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ who has BLESSED YOU with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ,
Just as He chose YOU in Him, before the foundation of the world.
That YOU should be holy and without blame before Him in love
Having predestined YOU to adoption as sons by Christ to Himself,
According to the good pleasure of His will.
To the praise of the glory of His grace, by which he made YOU accepted in the Beloved.
In Him, YOU have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace which He made to abound toward YOU in all wisdom and prudence.
Having made known to YOU the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure, which he purposed in Himself. In Him YOU have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the counsel of His will.That YOU who trusted in Christ should be to the praise of His glory.
Some others that have been meaningful to me and sometimes hard to cling to and daily live out are:
I am a temple-a dwelling place- of God. His Spirit and His life dwells in me (1 Cor 3:16; 6:19)
I am reconciled to God and am a minister of reconciliation (2 For 5:18-19)
I have been crucified with Chris and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. The life I am now living is Christ’s life (Gal 2:20)
I have been blessed with every spiritual blessing (Eph 1:3)
I have been made complete in Christ (Col 2:10)
I have been given a spirit of power, love, and self-discipline (2 Tim 1:7)
I have been given exceedingly great and precious promises by God through which I am a partaker of God’s divine nature (2 Peter 1:4)
I would encourage you to look up the following verses and see MANY more of who the Lord says we are:
Rom 5:1, 6:1-6, 18, 8:1, 17
1 Cor 1:2, 2;12,16, 6:19-20 12:27
2 Cor 5:14-15, 17
Col 1:2,13-14, 27, 2:10,12-13, 3:1-4, 12
Eph 2:6, 10,18-19, 3:12, 4:24
1 Thes 1:4
2 Tim 1:7,9
Heb 3:14, 4:16
1 Pet 2:5, 9-11, 5:8
2 Pet 1:4
1 John 5:18
It’s easy to acknowledge these truths about who Scripture says we are or have been given without believing them to the very core of who we are and understanding what that means and how they are lived out.
I want to challenge you to meditate on these truths DAILY, asking the Lord to help you to grasp them and live them out.