Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love, he predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth. — Ephesians 1:3-10
Our culture loves to define and label people. These labels attempt to describe us in some way with the hope of ascribing worth. Sometimes they describe a belief or a role we play in this temporal life. For example, consider these labels: Parent. Child. Employee. Owner. Married. Divorced. Single. Widow. Democrat. Republican. Liberal. Conservative. White. Black. Rich. Poor. Each attempt to anchor us in the physical world by defining us in the here and now.
Yet, these labels do not adequately define a follower of Jesus Christ. This is because, in Christ, a spiritual identity is revealed. All former physical definitions no longer capture the totality of who we are. This is because we now have a new Father. We are citizens of a new Kingdom. We are subjects of one Lord and his name is Jesus. We now find all our definition in God alone, not in humanity.
If this is correct, then only what God says about us defines us. And in the verses we read today, Paul says we are, "blessed, chosen, holy, blameless, predestined, adopted, purposed, redeemed, and forgiven." So rid yourself of all other labels. Discover your true definition in Christ alone.
ASK THIS: What labels are holding you back from your true definition?
DO THIS: Leave the old labels behind by writing them in the comments section below. (Share it in the comments below.)
PRAY THIS: God, only you define me. Please give me the strength and mind to believe and accept this as I live out your life today. I leave the past behind!
PLAY THIS: In Christ Alone.
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