Defined by Christ

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Redefined Series Session One

If you ask someone to tell you a bit about themselves, they would probably have a quick list of things that give you an opportunity to size them up according to the world’s standards. I’m a pastor’s kid, mom, wife, sister, pastor and friend.

The problem is that all of those things are temporary assignments. Just like a Facebook status, they are subject to change at any given moment. The only thing about me that will never change is the very first identity I ever had in this world… child.

No matter what else defines my life, or labels the world tries to stick on me, that one truth will never change. We become a lot of things in life, but we all begin at the same place, child.

This is exactly why our identity in Christ begins with understanding our identity as a child of God.

Birth is our origin. It is the anchoring point of understanding who we are and where we fit in the world. Our like in the Kingdom of God also begins with new birth. Not a physical birth, but a spiritual rebirth. Everything else is added to this one basic truth, you are a chosen and deeply loved child of God. This is your new identity.

John 1:12-13 NLT
“But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God. They are reborn—not with a physical birth resulting from human passion or plan, but a birth that comes from God.”

Although our life up to the point we are saved has been defined by the world’s standards, we are called into a brand-new way of life in the Kingdom of God. All of the old labels, along with their weight of expectation are being stripped away and a new life of peace and freedom is taking its place.

We are no longer defined by the world’s standards, but instead, we are all defined by Christ.

 

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Brenda Drost is a Pastor and Speaker who is known for her warm smile and passionate preaching style. Whether she is teaching at her home church or out on the road, she loves to bring challenging messages that actually help people live out their faith in the real world.  She and her husband live on their farm in the beautiful Niagara Region of Ontario, Canada where they have raised their four children.   Find out more about Brenda here.