How to Live Out Who God Says I Am
God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another. 1 Peter 4:10 NLT
It would take quite a few years from when I accepted Christ as my Lord and Savior, including some backsliding years, before I fulfilled the calling God had on my life to serve him in ministry as a Christian author and speaker. Although, I also am a wife, mother, and grandmother, such worthy callings and blessings. Every Christian has a calling to share the gospel wherever God places us.
Eventually, I awakened to the truth that as a Christian I possess the mind of Christ (1 Cor. 2:16) and he wanted me to put my mind, talents, and energy into the work he had for me to do. What an awe-inspiring and bold concept. I can do all things through Christ because he will give me the strength and opportunities to fulfill his purposes (Phil. 4:13). Praise God, Christ lives in me, as he lives in every believer, and I need to live a life honoring and pleasing to him while professing his goodness to a suffering world.
I actually have access to the Father himself (Eph. 2:18) and I have God's power, the same power that rose Jesus from the grave, living in me (Eph. 6:10)! It’s important for me to remember that God’s power works through me when I step out of the way and let him take over my words, thoughts, and actions. Like the apostle Paul, “I became a servant of this gospel by the gift of God’s grace given me through the working of his power” (Eph. 3:7).
Every morning, I pray to be a light and a witness to God’s goodness to all those around me and that I might encounter during the day. That’s what God wants for all of his followers. “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.” Matt. 5:13-14
Many fail to realize that as Christians we share in God’s divine nature. Again, it’s mindboggling but the Bible assures us it’s true! We are who God says we are not what our doubting mind or critics or skeptics tell us. His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires. 2 Pet. 1:3-4
There is no doubt that we live in an evil fallen world, but God doesn’t want me, or you, to take on the identity of a victim or live in fear. My identity, your identity, is in Christ and with the Lord’s help we can display his characteristics!
For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. 2 Pet. 1:5-7
What does God say about me? I am who He says I am, not who the world or I might think I am. For everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. 1 John 5:4
God has a path for me to walk through this life, like he does for all of his children, and the only way I’ll know that plan is to stay close to him in prayer and reading my Bible. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Eph. 2:10