One of the most rampant crimes today is Identity theft. According to CNBC 41 million Americans have had their identity stolen. As bad as that crime is against a person there is another identity theft going on. There is a spiritual identity theft going on today. Christians are having their spiritual identity stolen. Satan is a murderer, liar and thief. He is seeking to destroy our witness and testimony before a lost world. Satan cannot steal our salvation because that is secure in the Lord’s hands, but Satan can seek to steal our credibility before the world.
The Apostle Paul speaks of the true identity of Christians in the book of Romans. Romans was written by Paul from Corinth on his third missionary journey. In Romans 12:1-2 Christians see their true identity. We are seen as a, “living sacrifice.” Our response to all that Jesus has done for us is a life of sacrifice for Him. We need to live under His lordship and rule in our lives. We need to reclaim our spiritual identity in Christ. How do we do that? We must follow Romans 12:1-2 in three areas.
· There is a plea to be consecrated – v.1, “Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.” Every single day we are to present our bodies to God. It is to be a living sacrifice. When you get up in the morning or even before you get out of bed you need to pray, “Lord here is my body all that I am I consecrate to you today!” We are called to be all in and sold out to Him.
· There is a plea to be transformed – v.2, “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind,” To keep our spiritual identity in Christ we need to avoid the pressure to conform to the world. Instead we are to be transformed by our mind being renewed by scripture. Someone has said that we are to be walking bibles or scripture on foot. Our identity as believers is seen when we are living out the Word of God before a lost world.
· There is a plea to be satisfied – v.2, “so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.” We can only be satisfied with this life when we live in the will of God. When we demonstrate before a lost world our contentment and satisfaction with Jesus that is a powerful witness and identifies us as His people.
Let’s remember that Jesus paid it all and all to Him we owe! That means the living sacrifice of our bodies every day.
Rev. Richard Humphries
Pastoral Care & Sr. Adult Minister