Today's Devotional Thought
February 17, 2011 by Wendy Foreman
I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. I want to concentrate on those words for a few moments today.
The Apostle Paul wrote these words and they were spoken to remind believers that when we receive Christ we are no longer tied to the law. We are transformed and our sins are forgiven because Jesus paid the price for our sins when he died on that cross. What I am struck by though are the words I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. This is the idea that when this transformation takes place we leave our old life behind us.
So many of us have lives that are full of idols. These idols could be anything from our spouses, children, the satisfaction we gain from a job or status in the community in which we live. None of these things are bad by themselves. In fact, they are good parts of our lives. But the problem arises when these things become our identity, or the things that mean more to us than our relationship with the Lord and what he has called us to do for him.
I believe that when we surrender to the Lord and are crucified with him and begin to live our lives by faith that our lives will change. These changes will take place when we are in his word daily learning about who he is and how he desires for us to live. The things that we learn we need to apply to our lives and grow from. As we build our relationship with the Lord, what do you think happens?
Ladies, we begin to find our identity in Him.
And those things in our lives that we held so tightly to and thought our identity was wrapped up in, we will find that they are not who we are. They are a part of our lives (our husbands, our children, jobs and statuses) and we enjoy them immensely, but God is our creator and we begin to embrace that he is who made us and defines us (Psalm 139:13).
From the bottom of my heart today ladies I want you to understand that your identity is rooted in Jesus Christ. This is so important for every one to understand, but I think especially for women. We can get so sidetracked and believe the lie that our identity is in our beauty or how well we can handle our family, taking the kids here and there, making sure our husband is happy and making sure that we appear so together to those around us. I have learned that I am not perfect, I can not keep the perfect house, make my husband and kids happy 24/7 or make the perfect dinner every night, but I am a Jesus Girl and I am His and He is mine. That is what gives me true peace and strength and identity to face each day.