Consider a Queen who doesn’t know she is Queen. Until she comes to the knowledge of who she really is, she will continue to work under the orders of others supposedly superior to her.
However, the moment she realizes her potential and the power she carries, she begins to work at her full potential.
The story of this Queen can be like so many Christians today.
We all believe we are saved, but then, do we know who we really are in Christ?
Do we understand what our relationship with Christ affords us? If we really knew the answers to these questions, would we be enslaved to certain things?
What does it mean to know that you are in Christ?
When you know who you are in Christ, it means you have full knowledge of your rights and advantages as a follower of Christ.
You know what should play out in your life and what shouldn’t.
This knowledge can be like a scenario where a veil is torn from your eyes, and you come to a realization that certain things shouldn’t be as they are.
For example, when you know who you are in Christ, you know that you have victory over hell and death.
Christ obtained the keys to those things and gave us victory. Therefore, you shouldn’t be frightened about hell.
Jesus went there for us and that means we don’t have to ever go there, as long as we believe in him.
You know you shouldn’t stay sick because the stripes of Christ have healed you.
Knowing who you are in Christ makes you bold in the face of trouble.
For example, as a citizen of a country, you know what rights you have and what you don’t. So, even if anyone comes to challenge you on those things, you are hardly shaken or disturbed.
Who does God say you are?
But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.
~1 Peter 2:9~
The scripture above gives a nice description of who you really are.
It helps believers to understand the definition God has ascribed to them. We are a chosen people, and that means each and every one of us was created for a purpose.
We were chosen to be God’s children.
God is particular about every single one of us. So, no one should make you feel less of yourself. You are cherished by God.
You are a royal priesthood. What this means is that you are connected to royalty.
Just like princes and princesses are entitled to the riches of their father, we as believers are heirs of God. And together, we form a holy nation.
Another angle we can look at this from is that as children of God, we carry traits of God. And so, we can manifest those traits—light, wisdom, power, intelligence, etc.
You don’t have to agree with someone who tells you that you are unwise. You just need to realize that in Christ, you are entitled to the wisdom of God.
You are entitled to the raw power of God. You can be healed and can even help people access the healing of God. You can be a tool in the hands of God.
How do you embrace your identity in Christ?
After being aware of your identity, you will only be able to walk in reality when you embrace it.
Embracing that reality requires a process of mind transformation. It requires you schooling yourself to understand that you aren’t who you thought you were.
This schooling is achieved with the help of God’s word and the Holy Spirit.
For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works,
which God prepared in advance for us to do.
From the scripture above, you’ll see that embracing your identity requires you to do the good works God has prepared for us to do.
God wants us to share the gospel, to let others know of who they really are in Christ.
The moment you begin to do that, it means you have embraced your identity in Christ.
When you do not let the harsh words of people get to you, it means you know that there is more to you.
You understand that your identity opens you up to much more than you could ever see yourself as.
I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his servant’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my father, I have made known to you.
When embracing your identity, it is also very important for you to acknowledge that you are a friend of Jesus.
You have to make a commitment to learn everything, as Jesus learned from His Father. This can be accomplished by an intentional study of God’s word.
From the Scripture above, Jesus was trying to transform the minds of his listeners.
The more they kept on seeing themselves as servants; the more they’d think of themselves as beings lacking the entitlement to learn of God.
Do your spiritual gifts determine your identity in Christ?
The identity of a believer is not dependent on his or her spiritual gifts.
Spiritual gifts are only different ways in which the Holy Spirit living inside of a believer expresses himself.
There are several gifts, and walking in them requires that a believer understand his or her identity first. If you don’t know what you have, it would be hard for you to utilize it.
Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.
The scripture above further emphasizes the fact that everyone and anyone that believes in the name of Jesus can now be called God’s children.
Examine yourself as God’s valued possession. In the Bible you are described as God’s treasured possession. He loves you above every other thing!
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