This is post III of our series on Identity.
Would you like to grow and transform your life?
As we continue this journey, embracing our identity is the first step towards living a fulfilling and abundant life. It is like the kindergarten class on our faith journey. Just as nurses, lawyers, accountants, and other professionals require continuing education to keep building on their skills, we too need to abide in God so we can grow in our spiritual walk daily.
The benefits of pursuing an abiding life of faith is beyond measure. As we walk in our identity, we will experience an increasing measure of peace, joy, hope, insight, and assurance of God’s love regardless of circumstances. In short, we will experience spiritual transformation.
Let me illustrate with a dream I had a couple of years ago. I saw this gigantic snake about the size of a car except it was much longer and it had many colors, black, brown, green, yellow, orange, red, and even bright pink. It was moving so slowly, even slower than a turtle as it headed in my direction. Then, at the last moment, it changed its course and slithered off. I will tell you more about this dream later.
Transformation: Do you See Anything?
Jesus and his followers were in Bethsaida. Some people brought a blind man and begged Jesus to heal him. He took the man by the hand, led him outside the village, put spit on his eyes, and laid hands on him.
Then Jesus asked him, do you see anything?
The man answered, I see men; they look like trees walking around. Jesus laid hands on the man’s eyes again and restored his sight. He could see everything clearly (Mark 8:22-26). This story is a metaphor for our transformation and journey of faith in Christ. Before knowing Christ, you and I are blind because of our sins. But after we encounter Jesus and put our faith in him, our spiritual eyes are open but still somewhat fuzzy.
Transformation and Progressive Clarity
Again, think of this phase when we first embrace our identity like being in Kindergarten. But as we draw closer to Jesus and grow in our faith, our eyesight gets better and we see more clearly. This progressive clarity comes as we mature in our relationship with God and he transforms us from the inside out.
Now you are probably wondering how the blind man’s story is related to the dream I shared earlier. About 6 months after I had the dream, I experienced a tsunami of trials that lasted for several years. The dream is an example of the clarity we can experience as we embrace our identity and draw closer to God. He will give us insight into what he is doing and where he is at work as he transforms us day by day.
The dream helped me prepare for the spiritual battles ahead. If you want to know what God is doing behind the scenes in your life, ask him in prayer. As we take hold of our identity in Christ, we can ask God to show us his ways and teach us his path. Psalm 25:4.
Remember, this journey of faith is an ongoing process that takes time… there are no short cuts.
Ours is to embrace our identity in Christ, follow, and obey him.
Friend, how is your eyesight? Do you want to see better and transform your life?
Lord, thank you for the gift of my salvation. Help me grow in my walk with you each day. Transform me from within. Show me your ways and teach me your paths. Renew my spiritual eyesight so I can see where you are at work in my life. Help me trust you. Thank you that you are for me. I love you, Jesus. I pray with thanksgiving, in the precious, powerful, and majestic name of Jesus. Amen.
God bless you, friend.
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Scripture: Psalm 119:18, Psalm 25:4, Psalm 32:8, Mark 8:22-26
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