January 24, 2020 John Echols

New Year ~ New You

New Year ~ New You

Maybe you've heard this phrase or something similar in the first few weeks of 2020. Maybe you've joined a gym or started a new Bible reading plan. Maybe there are some other "resolutions" you've started. I hope those are going well for you!

I want to remind you that the things we do are just that, things we do. They shouldn't form the core of our identity, yet Satan deceives us into thinking that our success or failure in any of these areas is the main driver of our identity. Nothing could be further from the truth!

Jesus asks His disciples in Matthew 16:15-16, "Who do you say I am?" Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”

Simon Peter answered correctly. Notice that he gave a very simple answer, one that was foundational to all the other things Jesus was doing. "You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God."

In social settings, the easy question to ask is, "So, what do you do?" This invariably leads to a discussion about work and jobs and how much we like or dislike what we are currently doing.

In Genesis 3:9, right after the fall, the Bible says, "Then the Lord God called to the man, 'Where are you?'"

This wasn't a geography question, God knew exactly where Adam was. This was a spiritual question. Separation had occurred.

Thankfully, Jesus came to seek and save the lost (Luke 19:10).

As a believer, Jesus now asks this question, "Who are you?" How would you answer? Would you rattle off a list of items that included your family, job description, church service, or community activities? These are all well and good, and can bring glory to God, yet they miss the foundational aspect that Peter recognized about Jesus.

If you've been around Biblical Solutions for any length of time, you've probably heard this phrase, "I am a loved, saved, forgiven child of God." This is the foundational identity truth for each of us as believers.

Everything else flows from this. Everything else rests on this. Your family, job description, church service, and community service could all be taken away from you in an instant. If that happens, and your identity was built upon those, what would you have left? The answer is nothing.

In 2020, my encouragement is to build your foundation on the fact that you are, "A loved, saved, forgiven child of God" and allow everything else in your life to flow from that identity truth.

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