Do you ever have thoughts like
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Yep, me too.
The enemy of our flesh will use any tactic he can to keep our true identity hidden from us.
Identity isn’t about value—though through it, we realize our value. No, identity is about position.
Let me explain.
I don’t simply need to know I’m valuable. We all instinctively know we are. It’s why we self-protect. It’s why we demand our rights. It’s why we get depressed when others can’t see our value. It’s why we try to show the world that we really are valuable. You and I know we already are valuable simply by being human. We’re just not sure anyone else knows it.
And it is this question that distracts us from our true identity. We treat the symptoms (trying to be prettier, smarter, funnier, richer, more talented…), rather than finding and treating the disease.
The truth is, the enemy has hidden our identity from us. He’s stolen us away in the middle of the night, bringing us to a foreign land that is not our own. Not realizing we’re not home, we wake up thinking we’re still rulers of our own land and spend our lives determined to prove it. We know what we are, but no one else seems to get it.
Instead of looking around, realizing we’re somehow working for someone else in someone else’s land, and high-tailing it home… we stay noses down, trying to prove to the world—and ourselves—what was once true…
What is true is that the Earth was given to us to be our home. It was ours to rule over, cultivate, keep, bear fruit in, and grow in glory in (Gen. 1:28-30).
God gave it to us because we are His betrothed. His chosen future wife. Not simply children, though we’re that too. But His beloved eternal-partner. His helper, suitable for Him.
I know we often think of the Church as the Bride of Christ. And this is true. But the purpose of being His bride now is so that through Him, and with Him, we can one day become the wife of God. See, Christ is the Head of the Church. We are the body. Together with Christ, we are a head plus a body. Last time I checked, this equals one person. Furthermore, 1 Cor. 15:24 says,
Then the end will come, when he hands over the kingdom [this is us!] to God the Father after he has destroyed all dominion, authority and power. (1 Cor. 15:24, parenthesis mine)
When the bride is ready, pure, and holy, having no dark dominion over her any longer, we will be given to the Most High God.
And friends, we were marked out for this union from the foundation of the world. We were set up to be His. But enter: the crafty serpent.
He snuck into humanity through deceit. And then used our flesh to rule the world. We are his slaves, working to build his kingdom, in a land that is not our own. This flesh and blood we dwell in is not ours. And we do not rule over it.
But enter: Christ Jesus. He came into a foreign-land body, and brought it to death. This was not God punishing His Son. This was God destroying the enemy. Friends, our flesh is the enemy. As many bodies that remain walking planet Earth is at least as many enemies that remain present on planet earth.
When the enemy in Christ’s flesh died, He returned home… into His glory-land, His glorified body. To rule from it, bear fruit from it, glorify God from it, and save us from it.
Today, you and I need to know we’re no longer in exile. If you have the Holy Spirit in you, you’ve returned to your own land. And this is your identity. Look up. Look around. You’re in Christ now. This is your position now. Believe it’s true. No more trying to prove what once was. Now, only reigning in what’s presently yours. Now, only bearing fruit from this Land. Now, only freedom to live as you long to.
For if by the transgression of the one, death reigned through the one, much more those who receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ. (Romans 5:17)
9 And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong. (2 Cor. 12:9-10)
You and I must learn to separate “My” from “Christ’s” in this passage. “My” = exile. “Christ’s” = home.
Exile land is weak. Exile land is dry. Exile land is fruitless, Exile land is void. Exile land is waste. Exile land is the flesh. Exile land is Adam.
But our Homeland is strong. Our Homeland is well-watered. Our Homeland is fertile. Our Homeland is fruitful. Our Homeland is full. Our Homeland is profitable. Our Homeland is Christ.
And Christ is sufficient. And Christ is God’s.
And in Christ, you are God’s.
And in Christ, dearly beloved, you are enough.
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