DayBreaks for 3/14/18: The Trinity of False Identity
From the DayBreaks archive, 2008:
It is distressing to me to see how many Christians struggle with who and what they are in Christ. It seems that for some, it’s nearly impossible to accept that we are beloved children (yes, even in our present condition), that we could be described as God’s poetry (because we certainly don’t feel like poetry), that we will someday shine like the stars in the universe (because our souls are so full of darkness inside), and that our sin has been taken away and paid for by the blood of Christ (which we seem to fear may have lost its power to deal with sin over the centuries – especially my sin).
I was at a recent conference where Mark Yaconelli spoke about the trinity of false identity. In one sentence, here it is: “I am what I do and how well I do it.”
What do you think of that? Does it seem to ring true for you?
We live in a performance-oriented world. The race almost always seems to go to the swiftest, the victory to the strongest, the adulation to the most beautiful or power-laden. It begins in our earliest days when we receive praise for doing good things – and doing them well (except for our childhood drawings which were really all atrocious at best – but mom always swooned over them anyway). It happens in school. It happens at our work. Performance. Peak performance, to be precise, is what is recognized and rewarded.
But is it that way in God’s eyes? No, I don’t think so. That would lead to the conclusion of performance-based salvation, performance-based love. God loves us precisely in spite of our performance. If you think God loves you more if you are more obedient than anyone around you – you’re wrong. Does He appreciate your obedience? Absolutely! Does He want our obedience! Of course. But does He love you more for it? No. Why? He can’t.
We need to get over our performance-based obsession and to see and define ourselves as God sees and defines our worth. “I am God’s child, I am working for Him, and I will give Him my best and be at peace.”
Isaiah 43:4 (NIV) – Since you are precious and honored in my sight, and because I love you, I will give men in exchange for you, and people in exchange for your life.
PRAYER: Free us from our self-imposed falsehoods and protect us from the deceptions and frustrations that the enemy would imprint on our minds! Give us the faith to believe Your words and the joy that comes with being beloved by You! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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