In Christ We…
In Christ, we have every need met. He is our everything. Today let us look at the verses from Ephesians 1:11-13 and learn what we can find in Christ.
Ephesians 1:11-12 (MSG)
“It’s in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for. Long before we first heard of Christ and got our hopes up, he had his eye on us, had designs on us for glorious living, part of the overall purpose he is working out in everything and everyone.”
In Christ we have our identity. This identity is a truth that doesn’t change with time, place or situation. Our true identity is not affected by the way we look, the clothes we wear or the amount of money we earn. Instead, our identity is based on what and who God says we are! The word of God teaches us about the identity we have in Christ. We are co-heirs with Christ, we are a chosen generation, prince or princess of the Most High, a masterpiece uniquely and wonderfully made by God. The list could go on. Our identity is not dependent on what others say about us. Instead, our identity is founded on the word of God that doesn’t ever change.
In Christ, we find our purpose. This purpose is the calling that God has for us. It could be a call to serve in a particular area, or a call to be working in a certain profession. Regardless of the specifics of the call or the purpose, they all fall back to the Great Commission and the Great Commandment. Our true purpose of living is to make disciples, to lead others to the salvation prayer, to love God and to love others. Recently I attended a seminar titled Discipleship@Workplace. It is a very timely reminder that I am called to live out my true purpose everywhere I go, that includes the workplace where I spend a substantial number of my waking hours at. My true purpose is to reach out, evangelize, disciple, love God and love people as I work in my company. God places us in our family, our workplace, our school and our social circle for a purpose. It is to be His ambassador! To live out the Great Commission and the Great Commandment. So wherever you are, know that you have been placed there for a purpose!
Ephesians 1:13-14 (MSG)
“It’s in Christ that you, once you heard the truth and believed it (this Message of your salvation), found yourselves home free—signed, sealed, and delivered by the Holy Spirit. This signet from God is the first installment on what’s coming, a reminder that we’ll get everything God has planned for us, a praising and glorious life. ”
In Christ we are free. To have this freedom, we need to hear the truth and believe it. We as believers and followers of Jesus have heard the truth – the Good News of Jesus. For many of us, we have heard of this truth because someone shared it with us. We are called to spread the Gospel. The Gospel is about Jesus’ death and resurrection which bring life.
As I was studying the overview of Ephesians, I came across a statement: “The Roman soldiers may have imprisoned Paul, however they cannot imprison the spread of the Gospel.” Let us be like Apostle Paul who fearlessly and obediently goes around to spread the Gospel! This is so that when the people believe, they will be able to lead the glorious life that God has planned for them.
Friends, if you have not received Jesus into your life, today you have heard the truth. Take a step of faith to believe in the truth. Fellow brothers and sisters in Christ, be that someone to spread the Gospel.
Let us pray.
“Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for sending Your Son Jesus to die on the Cross and resurrect on the third day. Thank You that in Christ I find my identity and my purpose. Thank You that Your promises are sealed and delivered by the Holy Spirit. Father, use me as Your mouthpiece, to be the one to share with someone the truth about Jesus. I uplift myself as a living vessel for Your use. In Jesus’ Name, I pray. Amen!”