Who am I?
This is the question that plagues the human race. We spend countless hours reading books to help us discover our “true selves.” We look inward to create our own identity. And once we create this identity, we look to others to validate it and provide us with the dignity we crave.
Unfortunately, when others don’t appreciate our carefully crafted identity, we feel attacked and angry. What many don’t understand is that dignity and identity can only be found in Christ. We cannot answer the question of who we are without first submitting ourselves to the authority of the Creator of life.
Freedom can only be found in Christ.
34 Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave of sin. 35 A slave is not a permanent member of the family, but a son is part of the family forever. 36 So if the Son sets you free, you are truly free.
Jesus was speaking to a group of Jewish people who had formed their identity in their position as God’s chosen people. They put their faith in the fact that they were descendants of Abraham, yet Jesus called them slaves to sin and proclaimed that they were “children of the devil.”
We are constantly being told that freedom is found in living a life without limits. “You do you,” is the motto of most Americans today. Yet as Lead Pastor Ben demonstrated last weekend with Fishsticks, when we step outside of the boundaries God has created for us, we will eventually struggle, perhaps to the point of death.
As we continue our pursuit of the “do you” lifestyle, we become slaves to the sins we thought would provide us freedom or help us find our identities. Sin will always lead us into bondage and destroy us.
However, God in his mercy, sent Jesus to help us discover our true identities and true freedom.
1 So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. 2 And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death.
Submitting to the Lordship of Jesus in our lives frees us from the power of sin and gives us a new identity. We become children of God and, together with Christ, heirs of God’s glory (Romans 8:17). We are no longer trapped by the chains of sin or lost in the chaos of self—we’re able to live a life of true freedom.
How does the idea that boundaries give freedom sit with you? Do you embrace boundaries as beneficial or push against them?
Read Romans 8 to see what a life of freedom in Christ should look like.
Heavenly Father, thank you for giving us a new identity in Christ. Thank you for promising freedom to those who submit to you. When I struggle with sinful desires, give me the strength to resist them and claim the name of Christ as my strength. Help me to leave all of my struggles at the cross and embrace the freedom only found in you. Amen.
This post was written by Julie Mabus. Julie has a passion for thinking about big ideas, art, reading, and seeing God reveal himself through creation. She is married and is homeschooling her five young children.
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