No one likes to surrender. Surrendering means there’s someone else with more power or a stronger position. Surrender looks like giving up and giving in. But we don’t surrender to an enemy that hates us, but a Father who loves us. It’s a love that takes what we could never deserve and gives us more than we could ever earn.
God’s love for you is not based on what you do, but on who you are. You are valuable to God regardless of your performance. He doesn’t want your perfection; He wants your heart.
A person whose identity is in Jesus lives in total surrender to Jesus.
That means everything we do—and everything about us—is tied to Jesus. In Matthew 16:24-25, Jesus tells us that it’s in surrendering our lives completely to Him that we find what it means to really live.
Here is what you can bank on about your identity in Christ:
You are loved. You are loved by God more than you could possibly imagine. You are deeply, deeply loved by God.
You are accepted. Even if you feel like you never really fit in with your in-laws, you aren’t part of the inner circle at work, you have a hard time connecting at church—God accepts you. With all of your peculiarities and quirks, you’re in with the one who made the universe. You are His beloved child.
You are a conqueror. You are a conqueror, and nothing—NOTHING—can separate you from God’s love (Romans 8:37–39).
How much differently would we approach life if we saw ourselves as God sees us? What would happen if we set aside our insecurities and surrendered to the reality of who we are in Christ: loved, accepted, victorious?
Knowing who we are in Christ allows us to humble ourselves and to serve people as our Master did. As you navigate your day, look for opportunities to serve. In your home or workplace, when someone needs to do the grunt work, why not you? After all, you have nothing to prove—you’re proven. You don’t have to fret over what others think or waste energy wondering about your worth—you are wholly, deeply, completely loved and accepted.
You’re not defined by your feelings. You’re not defined by the opinions of others or by your circumstances. You’re not defined by your successes or failures. You’re not defined by the car you drive, the money you make, or the house you say you own when the bank really does.
You are now identified with Christ and have the power of the Holy Spirit within you. You are God’s precious child, and he created you in a way that pleases him.
WRITTEN BY: AIMEE BOYLE
24 Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. 25 For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.”
20 I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
- What does our culture tell you about your identity? What does Scripture say instead?
- What are the first one or two things that come to your mind when you think about surrendering every part of your life to Jesus?
- What is one way you can allow your identity in Jesus to influence how you live?
- Which of these areas of your identity in Christ—loved, accepted, conqueror—do you need to believe more fully?