I am becoming more like my father every day.
One of the minor ways in which this is true is in all of the trivia that is stored in my mind. An enduring memory is of him playing Trivial Pursuit (and beating all of us) through his recall of a vast array of seemingly random bits of information.
Yesterday, I had three seemingly random movie clips running through my brain. The first was a clip from Hook, when Granny Wendy says to Peter Banning, “Peter… don’t you know who you are? The stories are true!” The second was from The Lion King, when the spirit of Mufasa speaks to Simba from the heavens “Simba, you have forgotten me… You have forgotten who you are, and so forgotten me!” The third was from the Bourne Identity series, the story of a man who has twice lost his identity… the first time deliberately choosing to forget his former self, and the second time, after trauma, waking up to having no idea who he really was.
These all have a theme. They came to mind after I had a conversation with a Christian man the other day who had no idea, or he had deliberately forgotten, or he had never been taught, who he really was. He was living in fear, doubt, and frustration, and his life to all appearances looked no different than his friends who did not carry the label “Christian”. “Don’t you know who you are?” “You have forgotten who you are, and so forgotten Me.”
The distressing part of this story is that he isn’t alone. There is an entire generation of believers in the Christ today who have no idea who they really are, and because of whose they are, how they are to live.
In Part 2 I will get into the actual nature of your new identity, and its consequences, but for now, there is an amazing fact you need to know:
“I pray that he will give light to the eyes of your hearts, so that you will understand the hope to which he has called you, what rich glories there are in the inheritance he has promised his people, and how surpassingly great is his power working in us who trust him. It works with the same mighty strength he used when he worked in the Messiah to raise him from the dead and seat him at his right hand in heaven…” (Ephesians 1:18-20)
Did you hear that? Did you know that? God the Father’s SAME surpassingly great power that He exerted to resurrect the Christ from the dead is now implanted in you, and in me, in the form of the indwelling Holy Spirit in ALL His fullness.
That is the huge change that has taken place because, through the all-sufficient work of the Christ on the cross, God has declared you to have righteous standing before Him when you believe in the Messiah. As a consequence, the Holy Spirit now dwells within you, transforming you from within.
You are different. You must live differently. You life is not your own. You belong to Him. You have been empowered to live differently, to be light to this world. That is your new born identity. You have just forgotten, or you never really knew, who you really are in the Christ. You have been made new! You have been empowered to be made new in every part of your life, and you must put it into effect 🙂
You and I are called to become more like our heavenly Father every day.
Check out Part 2 on the nature of your new identity and why it matters.