“Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand.”
“And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father.”
I’m super thankful to be able to share these messages with you! As much as these truths in God’s Word helps me and encourages me, I share these with the hope that they may be an encouragement to you also and build you up closer and stronger with the Lord! These verses today came from my youth pastor from earlier years, he’s been sending out daily verses for years and years now. Since I’ve been in high school which is awhile ago so it’s awesome how encouragement flows through and out of the Word! Gosh dang God’s Word is awesome and I’m super thankful for each and everyone of you!
I was having one of those mornings today, didn’t get much sleep, didn’t want to be at work, was mad at the world and walked around throwing a pity party for myself saying “oh poor me.” For a moment I wanted to be mad, I wanted to act how I thought I deserved to act, which was sorry for myself and mad. Then these verses came up!!! The context surrounding these verses is living the new life we have in Christ. Then it hit me all at once! I was looking at verse 17 thinking how can I represent Christ by what I do? Then saw the end of the verse, “giving thanks to God.” For a moment I was like, well, I don’t have anything to be thankful for right now. Because I was listening to the enemy pour lies into my head, saying “I’m tired, I deserve to have a bad attitude, I don’t want to be here.”
It hit me why I should be thankful and verse 1 finished it off, “Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand.” My identity was in how I felt and my circumstances instead of where my true identity is. Realizing I’ve been raised to new life with Christ, WOW! Setting my sights above on Him and what He’s done, the pain, the sacrifice, the blood He bled all so I could have life with Him in abundance and for eternity!!! He didn’t do that so I could roll around in my self pity, have a bad attitude that is a cancer to others around me, and feel like a victim, “poor old me.”
Realizing my true identity in Christ and what it took to give me this identity, started having some pep in my step, a little bit of swagger! I’ve heard this a million times but now it makes so much sense, your identity forms your actions and attitude. After seeing where my identity was, WITH CHRIST, my actions and attitude began to do a 360! I’m a child of God, forgiven, loved, free and victorious child of God, so every action I take and every word I speak is as a representative of Jesus Christ. When we live with our eyes set high and your identity in Christ, your actions and attitude begin to change drastically. It doesn’t matter how you feel or how bad your circumstances are, that’s not your identity. Your identity is in Christ, unlike your feelings or circumstances that will NEVER change! So there’s no excuse to not live in complete thankfulness of this new life and identity with Jesus that He has sacrificed Himself to give you! Instead of looking at situations throughout your day and saying “ugh, I have to go to work, I have to do this or that,” when eyes high in your new ID, “I have to” quickly changes to “I GET TO.”
This just isn’t for when you’re feeling down or having one of those days, this is every moment of every day. I was at work trying to be a better serve the Lord better and be a rep for Him but I couldn’t do it. So often I find myself trying to fix my circumstances, my feelings, and change my attitude and actions but it’s impossible to change WHAT you do if you don’t even know WHO you are. Your identity, who you are, forms your actions and attitude.
Think with me on this for a second, can you imagine what living in your true identity with Christ, making decisions as a representative of Jesus Christ Himself, serving Him in thankfulness for the LIFE He’s given you. Just think what happens the more you live in this truth?!?!!! Think about all the change you’ve been wanting to make to what you do, your actions, bad habits, addictions, attitude. If you know WHO you are are, the WHAT’s in your life will take care of themselves. The more decisions you make from this truth today will bring you closer and closer to being who God has made you to be tomorrow!!! Let’s get it today!!!! Live in the truth of WHO you are!!!! The WHAT’s will be right behind ya!