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Taking on the Identity of Christ

Taking on the Identity of Christ

There are many stressors or adversities that we experience in our life some that last a long period of time. Many times, the stressors mount and cause us strain and confusion about life and how we should respond. Many times, it causes us exhaustion and confusion about how to deal with these issues. We know that we must adapt to these stresses and strains of life. And in some cases, it causes us fatigue and unrest in our soul.

Each of us value and long for authenticity. This is what we demanded many times from others, but rarely seek to understand what it means for us to live it out in our own lives. We admire individuals that participate in volunteer work, what they do is outside of themselves. Especially in church work a place that is supposed to be known for its vulnerability, we may not respond positively when someone takes us up on offers to be real. I am reminded of a quote made by Frederick Buechner in his book "Telling Secrets": “The original, shimmering self gets buried so deep that most of us end up hardly living out of it at all. Instead, we live out all the other selves, which we are constantly putting on and taking off like coats and hats against the world’s weather.” This quote brings out what many of us encounter very frequently in our daily lives. Not only is it difficult for us to be our true selves but even harder to know who your real self is. Many of us wear a mask, pretenses, so many that we don’t know who we really are. Many times, we put forward a representation rather than the authentic individual that we are.

Things get so complicated in many situations that we cannot find rest for our soul. What is the possibility that we can distance ourselves from these things and find rest for our soul? The solution to this situation we find in the words of Jesus Christ who reminds us not only is it possible but that this is what He desires for each of us. Matthew 11:28–30 (ESV) 28 Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

In this passage Jesus speaks directly to each of us to the scenario that we have been discussing. Can you visualize that Jesus is standing before you today and asking you to come to Him all who labor and are heavy laden? He speaking directly to you. He is asking you to place your burdens, concerns, and frustrations upon Him and allow Him to carry your load for you. This is not an easy thing to do, to submit completely to Jesus Christ, to depend completely upon Him, and to trust that He will carry your burdens for you. Like I said before this is not easy but it is a decision, a commitment to turn loose and allow Him to lead you in all that you say and do. He has asked us to take on His identity as we live and interact on a daily basis.

Have you given up your identity and taken up the identity of Jesus Christ in your life?

If you answered yes, how have you accomplished the change?

If you answered no, why not? Is your life pleasing to God?

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