We live in a world that tells us we need to become new. A world that tells us we need to look prettier, dress a certain way, drive nice cars, and obtain expensive things … all in an effort to make us feel “new”.
2 Corinthians 5:17 (NIV) reminds us, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!”
We often forget that the moment we place our faith in Christ, God makes us new. This Biblical truth is pushed away by an advertising industry that pushes us to believe, “Things will be so much better if…” (…if I get a new house …if I get a new car …if I lose 30 pounds …if I get a new job …if, if, if…).
If you missed our Sunday service yesterday, you missed a great message from Executive Pastor Marcus Bellamy.
Pastor Marcus reminded us that many of us walk in our identity with Christ daily, but others are experiencing an identity crisis.
Pastor Marcus gave three key points to examine if you’re walking in your new identity with Christ.
1. Does Christ’s love control you?
When you are put into challenging situations, how you respond answers this question. Do you respond in frustration, anger, or malice when things don’t go your way, or do you shower others with love and make decisions in their best interest?
2. Do you see people through spiritual or human eyes?
Do you see other people and judge them based off of external things, or do you see them as the person they can become and walk beside them to help them get there? How do you love, mentor, and walk beside those people who truly need you?
3. Is your life driven by God’s purpose?
You are an ambassador for Christ. You are God’s representative to the world. You were called to live a life of peace, a life of reconciliation. Do you model peace when placed in the middle of conflict? If so, why do you get mad and disgruntled? Christ came to bring you peace. Romans 12:18 reminds us, “If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.”
Watch the full message here: