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October 28, 2023 | Daily Devotionals | October 28

Identity Settled

For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will.   Ephesians 1:4-5

When you know who you are, taking big risks makes sense.

Paul knew that his identity shaped his loyalty and that loyalty is what drives our choices. For his mentee, Timothy, it meant fleeing inconsistent identities, fighting hard for what he believed and being loyal to his calling of being 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. “If you belong to the world” He said, “it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to this world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you” (John 15:19, emphasis added). The crystal clear message: blending in with the world is not the mark of His man.

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?

To risk more for Christ we need to be squarely in Christ.

Jesus, I once again need to recognize who I am and risk, for I am not of this worlds culture.


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