I had the privilege of serving in our women’s ministry last week. Following is the message I shared. I do pray that it blesses you. Feel free to share it with friends and family.
What His word says about who I am
Q: Who are you?
Many of us listen to voices that speak lies to our lives.
We listen because we do not know what God says about who we are in Christ.
- Colossians 2:6-7 – “So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.”
Q: What is one lie you have believed about who you are?
In order to know what His word says about who I am, I need to live in Him (rooted and built up in Him).
Here are three areas we are to be rooted in:
1. We are to be rooted in God’s Story
Our story is rooted in God’s story:
◆ Creation – I was created. I am dependent on God. I am not self-sufficient. I am human. I am created in God’s image – I am not a god.
◆ Fall – I am sinful, corrupt, blind, and lost. I am not good, nor perfect by nature – I’m the opposite.
◆ Redemption – I am saved. I am a daughter/son of God. I am Satan’s enemy. Christ broke the power of sin over my life. I did nothing. He did everything.
◆ Consummation – I will be made new. I will have an eternal home. I am not my problems. I am not of this world.
Q: What did you learn about God’s story?
2. We are to be rooted in God’s Character
◆ I am who God determines I am. My identity has nothing to do with me – and everything to do with who God is.
◆ I cannot understand who I am until I understand who God is!
◆ I am not defined by in terms of who I am – I am defined in terms of what God does and the relationship we create together.
◆ John Piper said, “As a Christian you cannot talk about your identity without talking about the action of God on you, the relationship of God with you, and the purpose of God for you.”
◆ It’s not about me – AND EVERYTHING ABOUT HIM
Q: What’s your response to this last statement, “It’s not about me and everything about Him?”
3. We are to be rooted in God’s Son – Jesus
◆ Who I am comes from understanding myself in relation to Christ and living out His word in my life.
◆ When we look for who we are in ourselves – we become confused, selfish, and sinful.
◆ Our identity is rooted in what Christ did and who He is – not on what we do.
Q: In what ways have you looked within yourself for identity?
What He calls me to
1. He calls me to live
Colossians 2:13-15 – “When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross. And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.”
- We were once dead, but the Lord made us alive – he forgave our sins.
- Since we have been raised with Christ, we are to set our hearts on things above.
Colossians 3:1-3 – “Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.”
Q: How are we made alive in Christ?
“5 Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. 6 Because of these, the wrath of God is coming. 7 You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. 8 But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. 9 Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices 10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.”
Before we put on, we must “get rid of the “old self – the old life” by ridding ourselves of:
- Filthy language
Q: Have you considered any of these “old self’ behaviors and how these could be sucking the “life” out of you?
“12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.”
Now, we enter into the “new life” by putting on (clothing ourselves) with:
- - Forgive
- - Put on LOVE
These seven pieces are what will keep us alive in Christ… meaning, we must put them on daily – practice them.
Q: Which one do you find difficult and why?
2. He calls me to live a life worthy of pleasing Him
Colossians 1:9-13 – “For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light. For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves.”
- We are to be filled with knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding.
- We are to live a life worthy of the Lord – to please him in every way.
Q: What does it mean to live a life worthy of the Lord?
We please the Lord by:
1) bearing fruit in every good work
2) growing in the knowledge of the Lord
3) being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might that you may have great endurance and patience
4) and joyfully giving thanks to the Father
Some principles to keep us Rooted in the Life of Christ:
1. Know you are chosen – know who you are
- 2 Thessalonians 2:13 – “But we ought always to thank God for you, brothers loved by the Lord, because from the beginning God chose you to be saved through the sanctifying work of the Spirit and through the belief in the truth.”
- 1 Thessalonians 2:4 – “We are not trying to please men but God, who tests our hearts.”
- Our example is Jesus. Hebrews 5:7-10 – “Jesus learned obedience”
3. Devoted Prayer & Reading His Word
- Colossians 4:2 – “Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving.”
4. Joy & Thankfulness
- 1 Thessalonians 4:16 – “Be joyful always, pray continually; giving thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
5. Live a Holy life
- 1 Thessalonians 4:3 – “It is God’s will that you should be sanctified.”
- 1 Peter 1:15 – “Be holy in all you do.”
- We live a holy life by preparing our minds for action; be self-controlled, set my hope on Jesus, and be obedient. (Verse 13)
- Ephesians 5:22 – “You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.
Many blessings to you. Remember who you are in Christ!