How important is it to know who you are in Christ? Countless numbers of Christians struggle with their day-to-day behavior because they labor under a false perception of who they are. They consider themselves sinners who hope to make it into heaven by God’s grace but they cannot seem to live above their sinful tendencies.
Getting right with God always begins with settling once and for all the fact that God is your loving Father and you are his accepted child. That is the foundational truth from which a believer must base their entire Christian experience on. Most Christians would agree with that, but very few actually live it out as though it were true. Instead, they cower from God when they sin for fear of punishment—just like Adam and Eve did in the Garden of Eden when they sinned against God—they hid themselves. Think about that for a minute. How can you hide from an omnipresent everywhere all-the-time God? Simply put, you can’t. A warped view of God’s character will cause you to do lots of things that don’t make sense.
You are a child of God, you are created in His image, you have been justified and positionally declared righteous (made right with God; declared innocent) by Him because of Christ’s finished work and your faith in Him. As long as you believe that and walk accordingly, your daily experience of practical Christianity will result in growth. You will struggle, though, if you question the finished work of Christ, and try to become somebody you already are. Most believers spend their whole lives trying to become something that they already are: accepted by God.
Don’t Get it Backwards!
• We don’t serve God to gain His acceptance; we are accepted (present tense), so we serve Him.
• We don’t follow Him to be loved; we are loved (present tense), so we follow Him.
• It is not what we do that determines who we are; it is who we are (present tense) that determines what we do.
Present Tense Truth Brings Opposition
“Beloved, now we are the children of God” (1 John 3:2)
It is for this reason that you are called to live by faith (see Romans 1:16, 17). We are not waiting to become the children of God, we already are the children of God! To live the victorious Christian life you have to believe what is already true about you. Will you have opposition to believing this truth? Of course! Satan, the father of lies, (see John 8:44) has deceived the whole world (see Revelation 12:9), and he accuses the brethren day and night (see Revelation 12:10). And if that isn’t enough, there will be plenty of people along the way to discourage and pull you down. Reminding ourselves of these positional truths must be a daily task to avoid being distracted and taking our eyes off of who are are in Christ.