Our identity is important. It tells us who we are, what we are, where we belong (location/family name), it tells us when we were born (thus how old we are). So, as I am producing this series from Neil T. Anderson’s book I hope that your identity is reaffirmed. Who you are is important. Who you are in Christ is your identity if you are a believer. If you missed the previous posts here they are:
- Who Am I? I Am Accepted in Christ
- Who Am I? I Am God’s Child
- Who Am I? I Am Christ’s Friend
- Who Am I? I Am Justified in Christ
- Who Am I? I Am United With Christ
Now, today’s “Who Am I?” is a huge truth pill to swallow if you are a rebellious spirit like most people.
You and I have been bought with a price and we now belong to God because we are in Christ.
Most of us do not like knowing that someone else owns us. Think of the slaves during the 1800s leading up to the Civil War. I bet they didn’t like being owned (I say this most confidently that they didn’t like it!). Whether you like it or not you are all, even me, owned by something/someone. If you are not a believer you are owned by the world, the flesh, and the devil. You serve sin. You serve its passions, its callings, its commands, its will. The world claims you as one of them. You are in bondage to what the world does. To those of you who say that you aren’t in bondage to the world and to sin, let me ask you this question.
To those of you who say that you aren’t in bondage to the world and to sin, let me ask you this question. If you are caught up in the sexual sin, for example, porn, do you consider that you have the freedom to watch it? If your answer is yes then I want you to think carefully. Are you able to stop watching it? The question is not, why should you stop, but can you stop? What you think is freedom, watching whatever you want because you want to, really isn’t freedom at all. It is truly bondage.
The one who acts as their own God is in bondage to sinful nature. But, there is good news and those of us in Christ know the good news! “Jesus Christ purchased us from the kingdom of sin and saved us from ourselves.” We most certainly are not our own. We belong to someone, either ourselves and sin or to God through Christ’s redemptive blood. If you are saved by Christ and his blood you are no longer slaves caught in bondage but are now servants of Christ. Look how the apostle Paul, Peter, James, and Jude begin their letters! Each one identifies themselves as a servant or literally in Greek- a slave of Christ. In Peter’s 2nd letter he says he is a slave before he identifies himself as an apostle of Christ. What does that teach?
The apostle’s example teaches that we are not our own. We are clay in the potter’s hands.
Isaiah 64:8 (ESV)
8 But now, O Lord, you are our Father;
we are the clay, and you are our potter;
we are all the work of your hand.
God molds us as he wishes because we are his to use. We are his workmanship.
Ephesians 2:10 (ESV)
10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
We were created in Christ Jesus for good works and were prepared before hand! God has chosen you for good works before you even knew it! You have been bought and purified by the spilled blood of Jesus on the cross. Be an honorable vessel to be used by the Lord.
2 Timothy 2:22 (ESV)
22 So flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart.
Being a servant does not mean you have to be bound. If you are a servant of sin you are bound, but a servant of Christ receives true freedom. Being a child of God means you are free. You have freedom from the law. You no longer need to be a legalist who needs to check off good deeds after doing them. You no longer should abuse God’s grace as license to do what you want either. God’s grace was not given to you that you would sin more freely, but that you would abstain from sin.
By serving Christ you are free from sin’s curse. Death has been overcome. New life is given to you. You belong to God now, not sin or your flesh. Act like a child of God! Love the things he loves and hate the things he hates. Pursue rigtheousness.
Be holy as the LORD God is holy.