Understanding who we are in christ (8)
He has settled who we are now and what we ought to be in future.
In every age, people suffer identity crisis. This is why some take on bogus titles that are meant to psychologically boost their personality and ego.
Identity crisis seemed to have been an issue in the Corinthian Church, which was why Paul wrote to them saying, “Let each one remain in the same calling in which he was called…” (1 Cor.7:20-22).
Evidence of identity crisis in the Church today is seen in the number of titles and designation some bear, which is out of tune with the Scriptures and their attainments in ministry.
A Christian need not suffer any identity crisis because his identity is deeply rooted in Christ and in the knowledge of who He is.
We must be confident of our status and designations no matter how simple they are. The Bible designates us in several ways, some of which describes our function in the body of Christ.
First, we are witnesses of Christ, (John 1:6-7). A witness testifies of what he knows and what he has seen. John was a witness who pointed men to Christ and not to himself.
John was very passionate in proclaiming Christ. He boldly talked about Christ, and many came to Christ.
We are the children of God, (1 John 3:2). What a great privilege it is to be called a child of the King of kings and Lord of lords! A child of God is one who is born anew in the spirit and one who is totally submitted to the Lordship of Jesus.
We are Disciples of Christ because we are supposed to be followers of Christ and those who reflect his character and virtues, (Acts 11:26).
We are ambassadors of Christ. An ambassador is a representative of one nation to another nation, (2 Cor.5:20).
We are the light of the world, (Matt.5:14). We are meant to be beacons of light in a world that is full of darkness and evil.
We are the salt of the earth, (Matt.5:13). Salt gives taste and flavor to food. “Salt” is a metaphor for our preservative role in the earth. We are called to be paragon of morality in a world that is morally bankrupt.
We are fellow workers or co-Labourers with Christ. “For we are God’s fellow workers…” (1 Cor.3:9; 2 Cor.6:1).
We are overseers who are supposed to oversee the flock of God, (Acts 20:28).
We are citizens of heaven. We were once aliens to the kingdom of God, but now because of the finished work of Christ, we are citizens of the kingdom, (Eph.2:19).
We are kings and priests. As kings, we are meant to reign with Christ. As priests, we are supposed to minister to him continually in worship, (Rev.1:6).
We are servants and stewards of Christ. “Let a man so consider us, as servants of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God” (1 Cor.4:1).
Our Heritage In Christ
We can, therefore, see that we have a rich heritage. We must be contented with who we are, and never be ashamed of Christ. Irrelevant titles and designations are not in any way superior to our God-given heritage.
No matter what titles we bear, if we lack the anointing and grace to effectively represent Christ before the world, then we shall be like empty cymbals full of loud noise. Contact:firstname.lastname@example.org.
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