“And you are Christ’s, and Christ is God’s. Let a man so consider us, as servants of Christ…”
– 1 Corinthians 3:23 – 4:1
In that Puritan exercise of private prayer, devotion, and meditation, one man wrote, “I fault and correct thy laws to suit myself…Convince me that I cannot be my own God, or make myself happy, nor my own Christ to restore my joy, nor my own Spirit to teach, guide, rule me.”
In this prayer, there is no sign of seeking man’s approbation, taking on an opinion, or siding with a specific group or organization. It was a surrendering prayer of a broken man to his Creator, leaving the right view of self. And, when we have the correct view of who God is and who we are in comparison, we will never have a case of mistaken identity. This is why we must “die daily.”
The Apostle Paul knew who He was in Christ. That knowledge came to him on day one of his conversion. “Who are You, Lord?” and “what do you want me to do?” were his two first questions. These are the questions we should ask ourselves daily. Once Paul knew his true identity in Jesus, his true calling in this world became very evident.
The United States, in my view, has an identity crisis today. More importantly, the Church in the United States today is struggling with its identity even more. It seems to be most evident on social media, a place where we have been able to see what is truly in the heart of people, especially those claiming to be a disciple.
As a Christian, do others know more of your political, gender, or ethnic affiliation more than they remember your Lord? Do they know more about the things that anger you rather than the One who brings salvation and peace to the soul? Paul knew his identity, he was a servant of Christ…first! As a result, that is all he wanted to talk about! When you remember who you are in Jesus, your identity will be firmly established, and you can then ask the Lord the question, “What do You want me to do?”
“I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.”
– Galatians 2:20