One of the great ironies of we Christians who struggle with our sense of identity in life is that, in Christ, we already posses everything we so desperately long for and crave. Because we are prone to forget constantly, we need to be reminded daily. Paul reminds the Ephesians, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing . . .” (Ephesians 1:3). What is amazing about this text is this: every blessing that we want or desire we already have in Christ!
1. Love. God is love. We look at the cross and see his great love for us. This is unfathomable, but God loves Christians with the same amount of love he has for Jesus. A spouse or family or friend can give us their love, but unlike theirs, God’s is unconditional, everlasting and perfect. Because of Jesus’ perfection imputed to you, there’s nothing that you can do that can make God love your more or less. No one loves you like Jesus.
2. Notoriety. God notices you. His eye is constantly upon you. The Creator of the Universe has your full undivided attention and notices all the things that you do. Because God’s eyes are on you, it’s irrelevant if the world doesn’t notice you. “It don’t matter if the world don’t see us, we still mean the world to Jesus.” – Lecrae
3. Acceptance. Acceptance here can be interchangeable with belonging. To describe someone before Christ the Bible uses language like “enemy of God”; “sons of disobedience”; “children of wrath”; “dead in our trespasses.” You didn’t choose God because dead people cannot make decisions. God choose you and has adopted you into his family where you are fully accepted and approved because Jesus’ perfect obedience imputed to you and in spite of all of your constant struggles, sins, and shortcomings.
4. Happiness. Words like satisfaction and fulfillment can be interchangeable here. The Bible gives us the answer to why we exist: “For by God all things were created . . . all things were created through him and for him.” You were created by God’s and for God’s glory. That’s the reason you exist. Unless you live for him, not matter how much sex, drink, money, fame, possessions, etc. you obtain, you will always feel a void in your life. Only God can fulfill that because you were created for him. Clearly, our pursuit of God — knowing him and making him known — is nothing more than the pursuit of true happiness in life. There is an infinite (never ending!) amount of happiness in God.
Everything that we long for we already have in Christ. Our identity is secured forever.
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