Kingdom Values 2
“The time you spend alone with God will transform your character and increase your devotion. Then your integrity and godly behaviour in an unbelieving world will make others long to know the Lord.”
3. Identity. Many people fight a lifelong battle to find and hold onto their self-worth. In Christ, that fruitless search is completely diffused, because our value and significance is not determined by our self-effort, nor by the opinions of others, but by what God says about us and what He did for us. Value is ultimately determined by what someone is willing to pay. We are simply loved and accepted by God through our Lord Jesus because He gave His life for us at Calvary (Romans 8:32). The fact that we are fully known and fully loved by God makes us significant. Our value is intrinsic, not earned.
We cannot afford to entertain thoughts or opinions about our identity that are not in the heart of God. Paul wrote, “the carnal mind is enmity against God” (Romans 8:7). Bill Johnson puts it like this: “The mind is either at war with God or it is being renewed. There is no middle ground.” Gideon’s mind was the biggest block to his nation-delivering mantel; not his enemies, but the way Gideon saw himself. Be very careful that your thoughts line up with what God is saying O mighty person of valour!
The truth is, God is patient and kind towards us (Galatians 5:22; 1 Corinthians 13:4), so we should be patient and kind to ourselves. God loves us unconditionally, so we should love and accept ourselves. God doesn’t condemn us (Romans 8:1), so we should not condemn ourselves – either by our attitudes or by speaking harsh words about ourselves. If we do, we are contradicting the Lord!
God wants each of us to live free from expectation, control and performance, and instead embrace His freedom (John 8:32). We are free from the law of sin and death! (Romans 8:2) This way of living releases us from captivity and into our destiny. It is only when we cease from our restless doing that we discover what is to be done. As John Piper says, “God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him.”
As a pilgrim, I am learning to think the way God thinks and talk the way God talks. The Bible says that the more I agree with God and allow His truth to permeate my thinking (the essence of repentance) and to destroy demonic strongholds and arguments (2 Corinthians 10:3-5), the more I will be “transformed” (Romans 12:2) and walk in joy, peace, hope and freedom (John 8:30-32, Romans 15:13). That’s a heady inheritance! Meditate on these truths about your identity in Christ as you go about your day:
· You are fearfully and wonderfully made for a specific purpose (Psalm 139:14-16, 2 Timothy 1:9), so embrace the uniqueness of who God made you to be.
· God has declared you worthy to receive all of His blessings in Christ (Ephesians 1:3)
· God enjoys and delights in you (Zephaniah 3:17; Psalm 147:11; Psalm 18:19)
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