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May 1, 2019

Rest in Your Identity in Christ, His Work on Your Behalf

The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.” Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” (Matthew 4:1-4)

It’s easy to believe the lie that our performance (i.e., how well we do in life, our job, our relationships, etc.) determines our identity and value. The first two of Jesus’ temptations are attached to his identity…the devil challenges him in both cases by remarking, “If you are the Son of God,” even after God had just affirmed, “this is my son in whom I am well pleased.” If Satan used this tactic on Jesus, he’s going to use it on us.

One of the lies the world tells us is that our identity is tied to our performance. We’re tempted to prove who we are by accomplishing things in our own power. Whether due to fear, pride, insecurity, or competitive drive, the spiritual issue is the same. Our internal drive to prove ourselves worthy is a sin since we stop trusting in God and stop relying on Him for provision and strength. We cease believing and living out of who he says we are.

The amazing gift of God is that our identity is not tied to our performance but to Jesus' performance. And Jesus has already knocked it out of the park. We are forgiven, we are useful. We are loved and accepted. We are his servants and his disciples because of what Jesus has accomplished. We have much to accomplish for the Kingdom but nothing to prove.

Go forward today in the full confidence you are loved, forgiven, and accepted by God, called to His purpose. Live free of the weight of having to prove yourself to anyone and everyone. Trust God and work hard for Him. Let Him lead you. If being tested, lean unto Him and His Word.

Question: What do you feel you need to prove most to God? Why?

Challenge: List 2-3 things that Jesus has accomplished for you that you could never do yourself.

Prayer: Lord help me to live free and fearless, knowing my identity and purpose are secure in you.

Geoff Horn, Chapel Leader -- San Diego Padres

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