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Lent Devotional • Day 11

Day 11: Monday, March 14

Second Week of Lent: “Be Like Jesus with a Secure Identity”

Today’s Truth that Transforms:

“Be Like Jesus—His Identity Was Secure as God’s Beloved Son”

Scripture from Matthew and Romans 

16 As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. 17 And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.” (Matt. 3)

14 For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. 15 The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” 16 The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. 17 Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory. (Rom. 8)

How are we “Transformed in Christ” and shaped to be more like Him?

Jesus lived a perfect life in our place. When we hear this, it is sometimes easy to imagine that this would be easy for Him to do so since was God. His life points another direction, however. He humbled Himself and set aside His divine privileges so He might fully live within the limitations and opportunities of being human. Foundational to Jesus as a human was that He was secure in His Father’s love. This is a key for us. We are in Christ. We can fully embrace our significance and affirmation as sons and daughters of our Heavenly Father. Apart from this identity, we are prone to scramble amid the refuse of this world, trying to cling on to things that make us feel important or give meaning to our lives. Be like Jesus. Hear the Father say to you, “You are my child, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.”

How do you see this “Truth that Transforms” working in your life? 

The following is an application story written by Marcus Nathan. After you read it, ask yourself the same question. “How do I see this ‘Truth that Transforms’ working in my life?

I believe the essential part of my identity is “whose” I am. I belong to the living, Almighty Creator God. Apart from Him, anything I attach my identity to is meaningless. A tactic of the enemy is to sever my true identity by luring me away from God, to worldly things (good and evil) that offer me fulfillment, and then heaping on shame and guilt when I’m ultimately left unsatisfied. He spurs on the doubt that I’m not worthy enough to be a child of God. The sinister part of this plot is that it’s half true– on my own I’m not worthy. The whole truth, though, is that God deems me worthy through Christ’s death and resurrection. God doesn’t require that I measure up on my own, or have a great job, or have a lot of money, or have certain relationships, He calls me only to believe in the Son. Apart from God, I am an easy target for the enemy, which leads me to a skewed identity, but rooted in Christ, the enemy must flee. With sonship, God blesses, calls, equips, and sends me to live out my life as His child.

My wife and I have two sons, one of whom is adopted. He is a daily reminder to me of my adoption into God’s family. Just as he has full status as my son (like his brother), I have full status as God’s son like my brother, Jesus. With my identity firmly set in God, I can be like Jesus by simply remembering “whose” I am.