Read: “We know that our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in our lives. We are no longer slaves to sin. For when we died with Christ we were set free from the power of sin. And since we died with Christ, we know we will also live with him.” Romans 6:6-8
Knowing that your identity should be found in Christ is easy. But putting that truth into daily practice can be much more difficult. What do you do when the temptation to define yourself by your job, your family, your friends, your things, comes creeping back in? How do we embrace that our “too little” is an divine opportunity for God’s more than enough to be displayed through us?
Stop looking around you for the answers. Consistently remind yourself to look up to the God who has an answer for every inadequacy you may feel. Remind yourself of all the good things that He says about you in His word. Remind yourself that you were lovingly created in the image of a perfect God.
And, if you find yourself regressing back to the same mindset that prevents you from experiencing the life God intended, set a few boundaries. If watching a certain show, stalking your friend-emy on Facebook or hanging out with a certain group of people feeds the negative dialogue in your mind that you will never be enough or you need to work harder to measure up, then maybe it’s time to weed those things out of your life for a while. If you mess up, try again. The name of the game is progress - not perfection.
Actively choose to put on your new life with Jesus. Actively choose to read your Bible daily. Actively choose to talk with God throughout the day. Actively choose to thank God for your insufficiences. Take a stand against the things that distract you from God, show yourself some grace when you fall and start walking toward the only One who will satisfy every longing your soul could ever imagine.
Pray: God, help me analyze my habits this week. If there is anything in my life that is pulling me away from following You, help me to remove it from my life. And when I mess up, remind me that the goal isn’t perfection, but to take steps towards You each and every day. In Jesus’ name, Amen.