This week, I’ve been learning about who we are in Christ and studying Luke 9:23-26.
These verses are where Jesus is describing how we should follow Him.
He gives us a few things to do.
1. Deny yourself
2. Take up your cross daily
3. loose your life
4. Do not be ashamed
Those are some very churchy, well-known phrases so let’s break them down.
Who We Are In Christ
Say no to wrong. say no to sin. say no to your sinful nature. Be able to tell yourself no. Do not participate in things that are evil. Do not let even a hint of evil in your life.
(not to be mistaken with perfection. God isn’t asking us to be perfect but to make conscious RIGHT choices. on a daily basis)
Take up your cross daily
When you see a cross, what does it say to you?
It probably reminds you of Jesus, of how Jesus died on the cross. It is a symbol that represents Jesus.
The Cross is something that identifies people with Jesus.
Are WE a symbol that represents Jesus?
Do we carry ourselves in a way that identifies us as a follower of Jesus?
When people see the daily decisions in our lives, do they see Jesus?
Loose your life
Are you willing to let go of your agenda, your thoughts, your goals, your dreams to follow after God?
Will you let go of your own ideas and let God have control?
Will you let go of your understanding, your interpretation and let God reveal His word to you? Will you let Him show you how to live for Him?
Knowing who we are in Christ means following Him and following Him means loosing your life.
Loosing your life here on earth means saving your life for eternity.
Do not be ashamed
Doing those first three things is going to be hard.
It is going to mean making difficult decisions and hard calls. It is going to mean being different from those around you in noticeable ways.
It is going to mean speaking up for what is right and standing alone when everyone around you is choosing to do wrong.
We can not be ashamed of the gospel of Christ. To know who we are in Christ, we must be willing to show our love for God with our life.
Living in ways that people can see. Walking in ways that shout, “I’m a follower of Christ!”
Now, you may think, “I’m an adult. I don’t deal with this anymore.” or “This sounds like something that they preach in youth group.”
Well, what are you teaching YOUR kids?
Are you living in a way that shows THEM how to be identified with Christ?
Do your kids know who we are in Christ?
Are you setting boundaries and standards for your family that show those around you that your family is different?
This is so heavy on my heart right now because we are in the midst of this with our girls.
Teaching them to stand alone.
To do what is right.
To be identified with Christ in noticeable ways.
And it is so hard. So difficult.
But so incredibly important.