A lot of times I know exactly who I am. I am a wife. I am a student. I am a young adult. I am unemployed. I am an intern. I am all of these things, but the sad thing is I never grasp that all of this means nothing. Who I am should not and cannot be defined by this. The only thing that means anything is that I am and always will be a child of God.
Even when I deny myself and him, I will forever be that child and only that child. My life is pretty successful for being a twenty-two year old kid with a husband. But my life is worth nothing; my career, my marriage is worth nothing if it is not rooted in Christ. If my victory is in anything other than glorifying Christ, than my victory is worth nothing.
In the Bible there are over 160 verses that talk about us being “in Christ" . Christ wants us to be in Him; He wants us to identify closely with Him. It's hard in our culture that bases value and worth on success, but the truth of the matter is if we are millionaires and we don’t have Jesus, then we are nothing. If we have nothing, and Jesus is our only thing, then we have so much more.
Our lives should reflect Christ. This is the mission, to share Him; the Great Commission isn’t a joke or a guideline. It’s a command. Jesus commands us to proclaim Him, in everything. And if our identities don’t reflect Christ then we are disobeying Him. I want to love like Jesus. I want to strive to have my whole being reflect Jesus in everything all the time. There is nothing worth more or more satisfying and fulfilling than this!
Paul is one of my favorite people in the Bible because he gets it. He just knows how to so beautifully say the harsh truth that no one else will. When he is writing this letter to the Philippians, he sees it. He sees that life isn’t anything but being like Christ and glorifying Him! “For to me, living means living for Christ, and dying is even better. But if I live, I can do more fruitful work for Christ. So I really don’t know which is better.” Philippians 1:21-22
Live for Jesus. Have your identity in Him, not of the things in this world. For it is better to have nothing and be fully dedicated to Christ than to gain temporary riches.
Kaylee lives and works in Denver, CO with her wonderful husband Patrick and their dog Denver. She is currently pursuing a degree in photography at the University of Colorado Denver, where she is famous for her impeccable taste in scarves and cardigans. Kaylee uses her gifts in film and photography to create “makes your eyes dance” powerpoint slides for her campus ministry. Kaylee is a formal member of the Geek Squad Target, where she is a beast at explaining technology to old people. In her spare time, Kaylee likes to disciple girls and kill zombies.
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