If we are to progress in our spiritual walk with the Lord, it is critical that we correctly understand our spiritual identity.
In other words, we must come to see ourselves as God sees us.
The first thing to recognize about our spiritual identity is that when we come into a saving relationship with Jesus Christ… we become new creatures.
We are no longer who we once were.
This new spiritual identity takes some time for us to grasp and integrate into our thinking. Over time, we should look at ourselves differently as we remember that God now looks at us differently.
And how does God look at us as followers of Jesus?
When God looks at us…He sees Jesus.
He sees Jesus because we are now in Christ!
As we adjust to our new identity in Christ, we will begin to relate to God differently. We will develop a clearer vision of what a healthy spiritual life should look like.
In his book Conformed to His Image, Ken Boa quotes Howard Hendricks on a series of contrasts that help us understand those characteristics of a healthy spiritual life.
Hendricks says that the spiritual life is not:
a crisis but a continual process
based on knowledge but on obedience
external but internal
automatic but cultivated
the product of energy but of divine enablement
a dream but a discipline
an unusual experience but a normal experience
a list of rules but a life relationship
to be endured but enjoyed
theoretical but intensely practical.
Take some time today to review this list from Howard Hendricks and compare it with your current view of a spiritual life.
What areas stand out that need to change?
Prayer- Lord, show me how I need to adjust my view of myself and my relationship to You to move toward a more healthy spiritual life.