Summary: In order to prevent Christians from becoming zombies who walk around without a clear sense of their identity it is essential to define who we are in Christ. Let us learn how to fully realize and appropriate our identity in Christ with the following twelve
Appropriating Our Identity in Christ – Eph. 1:3-7
Many Christians gain their identity more from their family background, work or human relationships than they from who they are in Christ. Too many young people gain their identity from the latest fashions, trends or popular expectations from their peers.
No wonder Paul emphasized that we are in Christ throughout his epistles. Could it be today that one of the greatest problems facing Christians today revolves around an identity crisis? Many believers are not growing in Christ or experiencing fruit because they have somehow lost or never realized or appropriated their identity in Christ. In order to prevent Christian from becoming zombies who walk around with a clear sense of their identity it is essential to define who we are in Christ.
Illustration: The dilemma of an unclear sense of personal identity was illustrated by an incident in the life of the famous German philosopher Schleiermacher, who did much to shape the progress of modern thought. The story is told that one day as an old man he was sitting alone on a bench in a city park. A policeman thinking that he was a vagrant came over and shook him and asked, "Who are you?" Schleiermacher replied sadly, "I wish I knew."
Let us learn how to fully realize and appropriate our identity in Christ with the following twelve guidelines:
1. We, who are in Christ, those who have trusted Christ as their personal Savior and Lord, are blessed with every spiritual blessing. (Eph. 1:3) Paul writes, “Blessed be the God of Father of our Lord Jesus Christ who has blessed us with every spiritual blessings, in Christ.” People who fail to realize this will continually feel insecure not praising God for all the good things they already possess in Christ. The world sees us as poor, naïve and ill-equipped, but we can be confident that we can do everything through Christ who gives us the strength and power. (Phil. 4:13)
Illustration: Setting out from Hamburg, Germany, one day to give a concert in London, violinist Fritz Kreisler had an hour before his boat sailed. He wandered into a music shop, where the proprietor asked if he could look at the violin Kreisler was carrying. He then vanished and returned with two policemen, one of whom told the violinist, "You are under arrest."
"What for?" asked Kreisler.
"You have Fritz Kreisler’s violin."
"I am Fritz Kreisler."
"You can’t pull that on us. Come along to the station." As Kreisler’s boat was sailing soon, there was no time for prolonged explanations. Kreisler asked for his violin and played a piece he was well known for. "Now are you satisfied?" he asked. They were!
Today in the Word, December 22, 1992.
2. We, who are in Christ, are holy and blameless, having been chosen in Him before the foundation of the world. (Eph. 1:4) Believers, who do not realize their identity in Christ, will live with a gnawing sense of guilt feeling that they have to earn their forgiveness, acceptance or belonging through good works.