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May 12, 2022

Identity in Christ

“I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” (Galatians 2:20)

It’s never easy to read the game recap and discover that your hubby gave up a 2-run homerun in the bottom of the 8th and almost cost his team the win. It’s also not comforting to look at the box score and see his ERA sitting at a whopping 11.25. The possibility of my hubby being released seems to be looming over our heads right now...and with free agency coming again this off-season the future is full of unknowns.

But praise Jesus our identity is in Christ, not in being a baseball player or a player’s wife!

The game is temporary and our time here on earth is fleeting. Thank God our identity, value, self-worth and eternity rests in the hands of Christ. I still don’t understand why my husband is struggling so much this season on the mound. I desperately want to cling to success in hopes of utilizing our platform to further his kingdom.

But maybe that’s not God’s plan for our position in baseball. Maybe the lesson is in the losses. Maybe his truth shines brighter when my husband fails but still remains calm and trusting of his Heavenly Father. Maybe the failures are producing fruit so much riper than my finite mind can comprehend in this moment of weakness and struggle. I don’t know what his plan is, but I am confident that it is good. I can rest in God and his promises.

So I encourage all of you who are in the middle of a slump to look forward with hope that he is making something spectacular out of your struggle. It may be maturity, spiritual growth, or a deeper commitment to Christ. 

For Christ’s strength is made perfect in our weakness. As Paul proclaims in 2 Corinthians 12:9-10, “Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” 

Prayer: Father God, thank you that our identity rests in you alone. Thank you for allowing my husband to live his dream in hopes of bringing glory to you. I pray that you will strengthen us during this struggle and may we find peace and rest in you and your promises for our future. In Jesus name I pray, amen.

Suggested Reading: Ephesians 1:3-14

Kristin Duke

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