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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?

One Response to Claiming Your New Identity

  1. monika May 8, 2018 at 2:26 am #

    Wow. Thanks for this note. It’s very important for me to know my new identity. To remember about it every day and every minute that I’m new person and all old things are gone! Bless you.