In Disney’s “The Lion King”, Rafiki says to Simba “you don’t even know who you are!” Have you ever felt that way; like you’ve lost your true identity and don’t know your purpose?
When we’re born again we gain a new identity and we’re to learn and know who we are in Christ. Who we are in Christ changes who we once were. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” (2 Cor. 5:17)
I found myself studying name changes in the Bible. For instance, Abram was changed to Abraham, Sarai to Sarah, Simon to Peter, Saul to Paul and so forth. Usually, when God changed a name it was indicative of a purpose He had for that individual fulfilling His plan. It changed their identity in Him. I caught myself wondering, had I lived then and been found worthy enough in God’s eyes to fulfill a plan for Him, what my name would’ve been had God changed mine. Then it hit me; my name HAS been changed! I’m no longer who I once was, I’ve been redeemed.
I’m now called a “Child of the King” and I have a purpose!
Yesterday morning God showed me a jagged rock lying beside a smooth rock, one that has been refined and smoothed out by the elements. Learning and knowing who we are in Christ, I feel, is a journey. Before we become followers of Christ we’re like the jagged rock – rough around the edges. However, once we accept Christ as our Savior He begins to refine us and smooth out those edges – in all aspects – and begins teaching us who we are and who we’re to be in Him.
I’m learning daily on this journey and I know that He ‘began a good work within me and will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.’ I pray that God continues showing me my identity and purpose in Him and I pray that He shows you your identity and purpose in Him as well.
Romans 6:6 “For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin—”
1 Peter 2:9 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 wonderful light.
Colossians 3: 1 “Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. 3 For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. 5 Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. 6 Because of these, the wrath of God is coming.7 You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. 8 But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. 9 Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices 10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.11 Here there is no Gentile or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all.”
12 “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. 15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. 16 Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. 17 And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”
Ephesians 2: 4 “But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5 made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. 6 And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, 7 in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.”