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The text of 2 Corinthians 5:17 states that if anyone is in Christ, he (or she) is a new creation, and the the old things have passed away and all things are become new. Being a new creation lands smackly on the subject of identity. That is why my devotion is titled, “who am I”.
I want you to focus on the first two words “I am”. Think about that. What are you? How would you describe yourself if asked that question. Would you be a lawyer, a carpenter, a father, a painter, an artist, a good person, a black or white or Asian person, and the list goes on?
Paul unashamedly says, who we are. I wish I could trumpet this declaration the whole world over. The answer to the heart cry of every human being since humans walked this earth is contained in five crisp words, “I am a new creation”. That’s correct. Not primarily a wife, a politician , or an athlete. But primarily a new creation (in Christ)
So what is this creation and why is it new you may ask? This question takes us to the very beginning of humanity according to biblical truth, found in Genesis.
See, in Genesis Chapter 1, God created the first human beings. In doing so he made them in the Imago Dei (image of God). They were to expressly look like him in possibly a variety of ways; physically, emotionally, spiritually, morally and so forth.
Being made in the image of God, their identity was clear. They were not made to primarily look pretty, be successful in farming the earth, or even in procreation. Their identity was really to fulfill what any image (or picture) does. To point to the real thing.
See the identity of our first parents (thereby underscoring the purpose of every human being) was to point to the existence of God. Simply by looking at humanity, one would figure out the beauty of the creator.
Can I share something with you? You were made for something greater than you are already doing. Something more fulfilling, and world changing. You were made to glorify and beautify God.
Are you struggling currently with low self esteem, overdeveloped self esteem (aka pride) or a sense of hunger for your destiny? If that’s you, then I know that I write this for a reason. I urge you to stay with us over the next couple weeks, as I write this mult-part devotion.
Your identity is found, not in your past, or your experience, or even your perceived future. It is found in your creator. As you continue to read this series, my prayer for you is that you will know who you truly are. Understanding that it is found, firstly in intimacy with the creator, and secondly, like the scripture says being in Christ, which by the way is the new creation.
– Pastor Olu Jegede