Beyond the Weekend

October 10 | Identity

October 10, 2014

Text: Colossians 1.9-14

We spend much of our lives defining who we are: the neighborhoods in which we live, the cars we drive, the clothes we wear, our friends, and our accomplishments can all be used to give us identity. We use all of these—and more—to form our identity and security. But as Jesus followers, our identity and security is to be found only in him.

The apostle Paul, a first-century church planter who wrote much of the New Testament, details part of this identity in Colossians 1: “…bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God…giving joyful thanks to the Father…sharing in the inheritance of his holy people…brought into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins” (Colossians 1.9-14). As a Jesus follower, this is who you are!

The reality is: we’ll move in and out of neighborhoods, trade in old cars, outgrow our clothes, see friends come and go, and dust old trophies. But our identity and security in Christ is sure and never changing.

Today, meditate on Colossians 1.9-14 (try reading it in a different translation) and thank God for your identity in Christ.

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