Who Are You?
“He is no fool who gives up what he cannot keep in order to gain what he cannot lose.” Jim Elliot—martyred missionary
When you know who you are, taking big risks makes sense. Paul knew that the quickest and most effective way to pull greatness out of his pupil Timothy was to remind him of who he really was. He might be tempted to pretend to be someone else, but Timothy was God’s man – his identity shaped his loyalty and that loyalty is what drives our choices. In Timothy’s life it meant fleeing inconsistent identities, fighting hard for what he believed and being loyal to his calling as God’s man.
In the same way, Jesus pulled His guys in tight to emphasize that their identity meant lining up on the right side of the ball. Here’s a spiritual fact: we risk more for God when our identity is firmly in God. Today, his Spirit is confronting all His men everywhere with the same question; “Are you on this team?” Jesus made a habit of confronting guys posing as believers (as opposed to risking as believers) by asking; “why do you call me Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say? (Luke 6:46). In other words, “Identify with me fully: don’t just pay lip service.” No faking it, Flip the question over and you get the solution: if we call Him Lord, Lord, we will risk it all to do what He says. Every time we choose Christ, our identify becomes more deeply imbedded in Him.
To risk more for Christ we need to be squarely in Christ. No wavering, so decide now where your identity and loyalty will lie if you want to experience maximum connection with God and His Purposes.
Father, thank you for giving me your identity, may I cherish and respect it.