How Do I Now Live Knowing Who I Am in Christ?
In Christ, we have everything we need to live this life. Knowing who I am in Christ allows me to walk with courage into the uncertain future because I know he is with me. We practice knowing who we are in Christ. It’s like the day we held our newborn baby. Our identity shifted to include the role of “parent.”
We might have had an idea of what being a parent entailed, but we didn’t really know the reality of being one. But day by day, we practiced until we became comfortable with the new role that became part of who we are. This works with living in our identity in Christ in our everyday moments and eventually, the truth settles deep within us.
Because our pre-Christ lives were ruled by sin, it can take a while to let our new identity in Christ become woven into our lives. This is when we cling to the truths of what we know—we are loved, redeemed, chosen, forgiven, and empowered—while working them out in our lives. It takes practice to live like we’re forgiven. Sometimes choices in our past fills our present with regret that leads to living a shame-filled life.
But at salvation, when we confessed our sins, God was faithful to forgive us those sins. And when our sin haunts us, we can remind ourselves that God calls us forgiven and instead of living in shame, we stand in victory because God leads us into righteousness.
Being led into Christ’s righteousness takes our willingness to receive who we are in Christ. We are loved by God, which means that as he reveals who we are in Christ, we will have opportunities for faulty thought processes to be made right. Romans 12:1-2 tells us to be transformed by the renewing of our mind. As we live and walk with Christ and knowing who we are in him, he guides our transformation process.
If we’ve struggled with rejection throughout our lives, we may struggle to understand that when God chooses us, he really means it. He’s not going to un-choose us on some whim or because we failed him. And as this truth seeps into our heart and mind, it transforms the way we trust him. Each day of our lives, we can have the opportunity to wake up and say, “Today, I’m going to live as though I’m chosen.”
How we live our lives knowing who we are in Christ means that we remember what God has done for us and what he calls us. It takes reminding our hearts that our old self is gone. We are made new in Christ, and we have the power of the Holy Spirit to walk in the freedom that God gives. We read these truths in the Word of God, we meditate on them, and we walk in them day by day, and moment by moment. In doing this we live knowing who we are in Christ.
Who I Am in Christ Scripture References
“But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved” (Ephesians 2:4-5).
“No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us” (Romans 8:37).
“For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight” Ephesians 1:4).
“When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your sinful nature, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins” (Colossians 2:13).
“Yet, to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God” (John 1:12).
“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light” (1 Peter 2:9).
“For everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith” (1 John 5:4).
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