Summary: Part 5 focuses on 1 Peter 2:9-10 and how we should view our identity based on our relationship with Christ.
The Person In The Mirror Part 4
This message is part 5 in my series “The Person In The Mirror.” In part 4 last week I talked about the bumper sticker “God Is My Co-Pilot” that my father had purchased for his car. The bumper sticker places God in the Co-Pilot’s seat. As I explained last week, the pilot is the one who is in charge. They are the ones making the decisions. The co-pilot by definition is a “qualified pilot who assists or relieves the pilot but is not in command.” The co-pilot is the number two person; they assist the pilot. They play a supporting/helping role while providing an extra set of eyes, ears and hands when required. They are capable of piloting the craft, but they are not the ones in charge of it. When we place God in the co-pilot’s position, we tend to “fired” Him when He does not do or perform up to our expectations. This happens when people turn their backs on God when they go through difficult situations because they believed God has turned His back on them. This turning away or rejection God is in fact “firing” Him from His position in their life. I asked you if you had God as your co-pilot to change seats with Him and let Him be your pilot. If God is the pilot, then we take orders from Him and we see what He tells us to see. The first thing I shared last week was that our true Pilot has told us that we are the head and not the tail.
Deuteronomy 28:13 says “The Lord shall make you the head and not the tail; and you only shall be above, and you shall not be underneath, if you will listen to the commandments of the Lord your God, which I charge you today, to observe them carefully.” We have an identity crisis – we do not recognize who we are in Christ because we have allowed the world to define what a Christian is – one that is judgmental, weak, and goes through the motion of some religious activities. Last week I gave you some examples of “head” thinking and “tail” thinking. The head is leads, the tail follows. When we accepted Christ in our lives, He began a work within us to make us the head and not the tail. We have to start identifying with being the head! He wants us to lead in this world verses following it. In order for this to happen we actually have to start believing and accepting what God has said about us. When we believe it, we will walk in it. This morning I want to start with what I referenced to you last week from First Peter chapter two. I did not spend a lot of time on those verses, but I want to continue this morning building on a foundation of what God has said about us and what He has empowered us to do through His Son Jesus Christ. So imagine yourself setting next to the pilot in the co-pilot’s seat taking orders from him. If you are truly the co-pilot, then you will do what your pilot tells you because that is your job. Well, if God is the pilot in our lives, then it’s time we started acting like the co-pilot and following the commands of the pilot. You already know that you are the head and not the tail, now let me share with you more fully about your priestly role and how you were adopted into God’s family.