Read Ephesians 1:3-10
“No man for a considerable period of time, can wear one face to himself and another to the multitude without finally getting bewildered as to which may be the truth.” – Nathaniel Hawthorne
Children love to play games and imagine that they are someone else. As a child, I can remember roaming through the woods behind my parents’ house with friends as we pretended to be everything under the sun – detectives, vets, cowboys. It did not matter who we were because we always had a blast pretending. Nathaniel Hawthorne speaks of the problem with pretending – not pretending in a childlike sense – but losing sight of who we really are.
When we fall into sin, we forget whose we are. We are so often like Hawthorne warned. As Christians, we try so hard to follow Christ, yet we find ourselves in moments when we have an identity crisis. In our identity crisis, we lose sight of who we are because we are seeking to become someone else in order to impress others. We want to be who others want us to be because we forget who we have become in Christ.
In Ephesians 1:3-10, Paul erupts into a run on sentence of pure joy exclaiming the truth of who he had become because of Jesus. According to Paul, the identity of a Christian is defined by the fact that we have been:
- Chosen by God (v. 4)
- Made Holy and Blameless in God’s Sight Because of Jesus (v. 4)
- Chosen for Adoption as Children of God (v. 5)
- Redeemed from Our Sin (v. 7)
- Forgiven (v. 7)
Because of Jesus, our identity has been transformed. We no longer have to work for the approval of people because of the cross we have God’s approval. The Christian life centers on living out of the approval of God. We have been transformed. We have been redeemed. We have been rescued. Let us live in light of that approval because when we forget whose we are we fall into sin.
Lord Jesus, Help me to remember that because of the cross I have your approval. Help me to live out of the fact that I have been transformed by You through the work of the Holy Spirit in me. Help me to remember who I am in You and help me to more clearly display to the world who You are. Amen.
Thought for the Day
Our adoption as children of God makes us free to not work for God’s approval but to live as those who have already been chosen as the beloved children of the King.