by David Dahl
For in the one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and we were all made to drink of one Spirit. (1 Corinthians 12:13)
It comes out of nowhere and at the strangest times. You see the news and hear of a bombing by some radicle group. “Why?” and “Who do theythink they are?” quickly pop out of your mouth. The “why” and the “who” are identity triggers. Just pause for a bit and ask yourself, “Why do I do the things that I do?” You do what
you do out of who you are and whose you are – your identity.
That is the purpose behind our working through the BELIEVE series. We need a good reminder of what it means to Think-Act and Be like Jesus. Our identity flows from the One who gives us life. It’s the word given to kids as they travel out the door to school. “Remember who you are.” We are children of God, born again into a new family, given a new name and a new identity. As children of God, God gives us access to all the resources of His kingdom. In all my years as a Christian, I still can’t grasp the full meaning of this. That is why we need a good reminder of who we are and whose we are.
When P aul wrote the Corinthians, he constantly reminded them. “. . . we were all
baptized into one body. . .” We’re one family in Christ. “. . .Jews or Greeks, slaves or free. . .” It doesn’t matter where you came from. We are one family led by the God’s Word and God’s Spirit intent on completing Christ’s work – the rescue of the human race. (It’s profound to note that Christians in the Middle East see that the only way to heal the conflict between Arabs, Palestinians and Jews is to push into that territory with the Good News. The only way that these people groups will see each other as brothers and sisters is to embrace Christ and center their identity in Him. Then and only then will the weapons be put down and forgiveness, reconciliation and healing take place.) Identity – Who you are and Whose you are – means everything.
In a world where religious and political ideologies express themselves in unspeakable acts, you need to visit why you, as a Christian, are different. Why do you do things the way you do? The world is waiting to know. Understanding your identity as a follower of Christ one of the most important assets you possess. A number of small group studies are active and have space open for you if you haven’t already joined a group. If you’re skeptical about joining, talk to someone who attends one. This may be the door to one of the most clarifying experiences you’ve ever had – to know who you are and Whose you are.
As a follower of Christ, you are joined to a vast family with a royal destiny, whose King has sacrificed an unimaginable price and called you His. This affects everything. Come and join us in this engaging time of BELIEVE – of discovering again who we are and what Christ has done for us and why it matters.
Keep and Live the Faith,
Pr. David G. Dahl
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