Identity found….

I went to church yesterday. I’ve been to this church before and I really like it. I think it’s because its a bible study with worship. Nothing more happens. And right now that’s exactly what I need. Honestly, I think it’s what the church needs…… the word and worship.

Anyway, he taught on the following passage found in Hebrews 10:

What I remember most from his sermon is this,  Jesus completed the work of the cross and became the final sacrifice so that your  identity can be  God’s child. Your identity is loved by God.

identity-in-christ1 My identity isn’t lost. My purpose isn’t to teach. Or to write. Jesus made the ultimate sacrifice to bring me into relationship with the Father. He didn’t do it to make me a better writer. He didn’t go to the cross to give me a purpose to fulfill God’s will. He went to the cross to make me God’s daughter.

I’ve spent a lifetime trying to earn my identity in the kingdom when it was mine all along. My identity isn’t author. My identity isn’t teacher. My identity isn’t pastor. My identity isn’t blogger. These things are not my identity nor are they my purpose. They are gifts that God gave me to enjoy. They are just like sewing,  quilting, reading, and going to the gym.  All of these things are just a few of the ways that God has allowed me to share the goodness of who He is in accordance with the talents he gave me. God doesn’t have me in a cocoon of transformation to make me into anything new but to teach me to rest in my one true identity and that is His daughter.

The purpose of purpose is to be fulfilled not to fulfill.

Hebrews 10: 1 The law is only a shadow of the good things that are coming—not the realities themselves. For this reason it can never, by the same sacrifices repeated endlessly year after year, make perfect those who draw near to worship. Otherwise, would they not have stopped being offered? For the worshipers would have been cleansed once for all, and would no longer have felt guilty for their sins. But those sacrifices are an annual reminder of sins. It is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins.

Therefore, when Christ came into the world, he said: “Sacrifice and offering you did not desire,  but a body you prepared for me;
with burnt offerings and sin offerings  you were not pleased.
Then I said, ‘Here I am—it is written about me in the scroll—  I have come to do your will, my God.’”

First he said, “Sacrifices and offerings, burnt offerings and sin offerings you did not desire, nor were you pleased with them”—though they were offered in accordance with the law. Then he said, “Here I am, I have come to do your will.” He sets aside the first to establish the second. 10 And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

11 Day after day every priest stands and performs his religious duties; again and again he offers the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. 12 But when this priest had offered for all time one sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God, 13 and since that time he waits for his enemies to be made his footstool. 14 For by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.

15 The Holy Spirit also testifies to us about this. First he says:16 “This is the covenant I will make with them   after that time, says the Lord.
I will put my laws in their hearts,   and I will write them on their minds.”

17 Then he adds:“Their sins and lawless acts  I will remember no more.” 18 And where these have been forgiven, sacrifice for sin is no longer necessary.

 

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