Claiming Your New Identity

I never felt much like an “athlete” growing up. I wasn’t involved in many sports. In high school I preferred things like show choir (jazz hands!) and the Latin club (nerd alert!).  

I never identified myself as an “athlete.”

But when I got into functional fitness, other people began to identify me that way. I still remember the shock that I felt the first time someone called me “muscular.” I remember feeling embarrassed and confused when a friend referred to the “Ken doll” in the room…and he was referring to me!  

What in the world was going on?!

Every time I looked at myself in the mirror, I saw the same skinny choir boy I had always been. But others saw something different in me. I had changed. 

And I had to adjust to my new identity as an athlete.

In faith, it’s a lot like it is in fitness.  

We’ve just celebrated Easter — the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. Resurrection proves to us that Jesus has the power to transform you and give you a new life. 

When you start following Jesus, God puts the old you to death. The way you used to see yourself — the old you — is dead and buried. And God raises you to a new life and a new identity. When you start following Jesus, you may not even recognize yourself any more!

Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NLT), “anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!”

Easter is the time to claim your new identity in Christ.

Questions for Reflection:  

Since you committed your life to Christ, do others see a change in you?

What changes do you see in yourself?

What changes will you continue to work toward as you pursue your relationship with Christ?

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