THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 19
“For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things He planned for us long ago.”
Ephesians 2:10 (NLT2)
MY IDENTITY IS ETERNAL AND CAN’T BE CHANGED
When Harry Truman was thrust into the presidency by the death of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Sam Rayburn took him aside and said, “From here on out, you’re going to have lots of people around you. They’ll try to put up a wall around you and cut you off from any ideas but theirs. They’ll tell you what a great man you are, Harry. But you and I both know you ain’t.” They say becoming president of the United States changes a man. One of the most obvious changes is that they all seem to age extremely rapidly while serving as president. Most of us can’t imagine the pressures, the decisions, the criticism and daily strain. It would change any of us.
However, the Bible teaches that when we are made new in Christ, we get a new nature and a new identity that can’t be changed. And although we don’t face the pressures of the presidency, we do still face pressures and major decisions in life. Yet, how we respond to those pressures and decisions will never change who we are in Christ or how God sees us.
No president ever gets it all right. And no president ever has everyone’s approval. We will never get it all right either and we will never win everyone’s approval. But no matter what anyone says or what we do we will always be great because we are God’s masterpiece in Christ Jesus. The pressure to perform is off when we become Christians because God has adopted us and given us the righteousness of Christ. What are the main ways you have observed yourself changing over the last few years of your life? What are some positive things about being a child of God that have not changed? List those positive unchanging blessings and thank God for them.