Is Your Identity in Shame or in Christ
Read 1 John 2:28-3:-3
The Church is once again greeting with the term of endearment, “little children.” John talks about how shame turns us away from God. This is so true in my case. When I was sexually assaulted, I had a lot of shame. Because of that shame, I turned away from God and turned to hedonistic pleasures that were self-destructive. Soon, those pleasures, like drugs and alcohol, led to more shame. I get digging deeper in the hole to run from God. Little did I understand that God relentlessly pursues us.
He created us knowing everything that we would ever do wrong. He knew our sins before creation, and still decided that he wanted us. Our sins creates a chasm between us and God. There is only one bridge long enough and strong enough to stretch across that chasm and that is the cross. Jesus desires a relationship with us so badly that he endured the most painful and humiliating of all deaths, crucifixion. Why? Because now we can be adopted into the family of God.
“See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are.” (1 John 3:1)
The ultimate demonstration of love was performed on that cross. That is something that our minds cannot fully comprehend. The amount of love Jesus has for us is unimaginable. Even when we are lost in shame, we cannot run to fast or too far away from Christ. So often, we find our identity in shame. By that I mean, we find our identity in the worst things we have done. We put chains on ourselves and prevent ourselves from accepting the love of Christ.
John says that we are children of God now. We are given a new identity. We are to abide in him. This means that we live in him, live in the Word. We develop a relationship with Christ that is characterized by trust, prayer, obedience, and joy. Live in the love of Jesus today.