When I Abide with the Spirit Life Within, Do I Lose My Identity?
Absolutely not! God made only one of you. You have your own DNA, your own fingerprints, your own personality or soul which is composed of our mind, will and emotion. You are unique right down to the bone. When we were born again we obtained a new identity in Christ. We are now Christians, we are the body of Christ, and He is now our life, our strength and our power source.
It is the nonbeliever or the Christian walking in their own strength (flesh) who has lost their identity.
Think again of the power tools in your home. When these tools are plugged into an outlet, they each have a unique purpose even though they all have the same source of power. However, once unplugged, they all become the same. Useless. It’s the power source that gives them their identities. Jesus is the power source, for all Christians. His death frees us from the penalty of sin. His life frees us from the power of sin.
Romans 6:13 tells us that we are instruments of His righteousness but remember, He’s the power source of these instruments. That is the mystery of our faith – Christ in me, the hope of glory.
Examples of instruments: Light bulb, glove, boat, and teabag
We are the light bulb and He is the electricity. We are the glove and He is the hand. We are the boat and He is the motor. Best illustration comes from Malcolm Smith. It gives us a picture of Christ in us; the hope of glory. At a coffee counter Malcolm asked for a cup of tea. They bring him a little pot of water and a teabag. As he’s dipping the teabag in and out of the water he has an Ah Ha moment and he thinks, the water and the tea are forever separated (because of the bag). However, the fusion of the two is so great that we call the water tea. The water is not the tea, it’s the tea in the water. Get the picture? Well, we’re not holy or righteous or Christ like, but the fusion of Christ in us makes us that way. It’s not us; it’s Christ in us, the only hope of glory.
LIFE LESSON: Abiding is being connected to the vine (the Lord Jesus Christ). Remember, as a new creation, your identity is now in Christ. Jesus doesn’t make you better; He is your better!
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