2 Corinthians 5:17
“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”
Recently, I’ve found myself wondering why I see some things within my spiritual walk wavering. Why my reading, praying, even my attitude towards others has been so inconsistent. I read this verse and God told me that you’ve lost your identity and forgotten who you were!
In order to get into most clubs, you have to show some form of I.D., showing that you are authorized to enter and enjoy whatever is inside. There are places in God, such as wisdom, faith, promises, blessings, love and many more that require an I.D. for entry. Without it, you aren’t authorized for entry…we cant access the places of God at times because he cant authorize us for entry.
When Christ died, he resurrected into his glorified body and went on to sit at the right hand of God. When the Roman soldiers went to find the body, all they found was an emptied tomb because he rose from the grave and became new through his defeat of death. Salvation works the same way, except its a spiritual death and resurrection. God shared with me that I’ve been so back and forth between how I used to be and who I am now, because I’ve been at the tomb looking for something that is no longer there! Your old self dies the second you accept Christ, but there are times when we can lose our identity as a new creation and search the tomb for what used to be. The tomb is empty, that person you used to be isn’t there anymore, but we can never move forward in this NEW way of life while standing within the grave of the PAST.
The path leading away from who you used to be is a path full of not only the promises of God, but mountains, valleys, obstacles, storms, disappointments and pain. You need faith as a part of your identity and problems produce strong faith. You need prayer as a part of your identity and friction produces a prayer life. You need consistency and heart, climbing those mountains produce that, you need patience and rejection produces that. This path from the tomb gives you all you need to walk into this “newness” described in the verse, God never said it was going to be easy but he did PROMISE that he would never leave us or forsake us.
I looked at the mountains on this path and I turned back to the grave, hoping to find an easier route through my past ways. Losing your identity can cause you to be denied places that your authorized to step into.
Remember who you are, forget who you use to be, trust him, and walk into the places of God with boldness!
Leave the tomb, its empty