Reconstructing our true identity in Christ

"But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, who were
born not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God." John 1:12,13
Ever since the Fall, mankind has continued to shift and place blame, for his guilt, on every imaginable entity, but himself. Eve blamed the
serpent for her fall, Adam blamed Eve, and mankind continues to plea, "victim" rather than confess, "guilty." Ideas have consequences and the
cesspool of humanistic ideas has continued to ensnare modern society's understanding of guilt and identity.
Modern psychology teaches us that the past determines who we are. We all remain victims of past circumstance which dictates who we are
today. All deviant behavior can be understood in light of problematic social conditions which one was confronted with in the past. Does the
past determine who we are? The gospel of Christ affirms not.

As children of God, we have obtained an identity that is rich beyond measure. God chose to make us His children and nothing can separate
us from His love. Romans 8:31-39 states, "What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not
spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? Who shall bring a charge against
God's elect? It is God who justifies. Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right
hand of God, who also makes intercession for usWho shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or
famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword... For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things
present, nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in
Christ Jesus our Lord."

On the road, I'm often approached by fans who desire to fulfill my position. In life, we all look up to a certain someone and find ourselves
thinking, "If only I could just be...." For example, say your aspiring to be a pastor. You find yourself saying, "If I could just be like Chuck
Swindoll." Well, the Bible has an answer for those of us in positions like that. Ephesians 2:8-10 states, "For by grace you have been saved,
through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in
Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them." The word "workmanship" in that passage can also
be translated "masterpiece." Our identity in Christ consists of being nothing less that God's masterpiece. God doesn't want two of someone, but
one of you!

The past doesn't determine who we are, God does! God is omniscient (all knowing), omnipotent (all powerful), and omnibenevolent (all
good). It is important to understand that "every good and perfect gift comes down from the Father of lights" (James 1:16-18). As God's
children, we have all entered into a relationship with God that is gracious in character. Our existence, sustenance, gifts, etc. are not based on
our merit, but on God's choice and love towards us. As God's children, we are not victims of our past, but blessed recipients of God's perfect
plan and purpose for our lives. Its good to know that God is in control, and that He in only for us.

Eric Balmer - PLANKEYE