Scripture Reading: Jeremiah 14:1-15:21 / Colossians 3:1-4:1 / Proverbs 24:15-22
DNA profiling was first discovered in 1984 and publicly introduced in 1987. Every person has unique DNA markers that are used to determine personal identification. It is true when they say, “There is no one else like you!” Understanding who we are and accepting who we are is a challenge for some. There are those have difficulty discovering their identity while others know who they are but desire to be someone or something that they are not.
It is commendable and necessary to grow, mature and advance in life. God calls us to grow in knowledge, sharpen our skills and develop the potential He has placed within us. But the difficulty that most Christians experience is identifying who they are in Christ. When we know who we are and what Christ has called us to be, we will not follow the bunny trails of life but pursue His pathway of righteousness.
Paul writes, “Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. (Colossians 3:1-3)
Why do Christians try to live like the world when they are not of the world? Our identity is not found in the perversion, impurity, lust and evil of this world…we have been delivered from it! Our lives have been completely transformed by the power of God’s Spirit. Our minds have been renewed from darkness into light. Our hearts have been filled with a love for Christ instead of a love for this world.
We once walked in those ways and were given over to a lifestyle that mirrored the world. Now we have a new identity that is not by label only, but by a spiritual DNA infusion. Just as we can’t put a round peg in a square hole, the ways of the world can’t fit in our God shaped righteousness. The old doesn’t agree with the new and the joy we once found in sin is now turned into repulsiveness and guilt.
We are not above the temptation of the world because we still operate in bodies of flesh. We are called to flee, turn away and rebuke the places and voices of temptation. This is why Paul instructs us to set our hearts and minds on things above, not on the things of this world.
As far as the world is concerned…you were not made for the world. You don’t fit in the world and the world doesn’t fit in you! Don’t try to be someone that you are not but simply be who you were designed to be – a child of the living God. Our identity is not found in this world…our identity is found in Christ!
Pastor James Clark has pastored Calvary Assembly since 1985. He is blessed with his wife Yvonne, six children, two son-in-laws, a beautiful granddaughter and hopefully many more grandchildren to follow!