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by: DCE Aaron Finkel

09/12/2022

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    In our world today there is a heavy emphasis on the individual. We see it everywhere! Everyone wants to be special or unique and they can do this by projecting their identities to the world. People use their identities so that the world will see them in a certain way. On the surface this is not bad. It becomes a problem when these identities are the most important thing in our lives.

     I’ve been guilty of this. Growing up I was an athlete. I was the kid who was always in one sport a season, sometimes even two! I carried this identity and placed it on the highest pedestal and let it rule my life. Everything I did revolved around sports, and it was a problem. Moving beyond my experiences this is a common problem in the world. So many people put the wrong things as the top priority in their lives. We as Christians share the ultimate identity. That identity is found in Jesus. Paul sums it up beautifully in Galatians 3:23-29. He writes “ Before the coming of this faith,  we were held in custody under the law, locked up until the faith that was to come would be revealed.  So the law was our guardian until Christ came that we might be justified by faith.  Now that this faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian.  So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.  There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.  If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.” 

    Now you might be asking yourself the very Lutheran question what does this mean? Well, it means that our race, age, socioeconomic background, job, or any other identity doesn’t matter because we are all children of God. We were all help captive by our sin but because of Jesus we are saved.

     So, since our Christian identity is so important, we should put it at the top of our lives. When we embrace our identity as Christians it bleeds into all aspects of our life and changes the way we live because we will mirror the love that Christ has for us to everyone around us! Now we will fail at this sometimes because we are all sinners but because of Jesus we are no longer held captive by our sin because we are forgiven and redeemed! 

    In Christ Alone

    Aaron Finkel

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    In our world today there is a heavy emphasis on the individual. We see it everywhere! Everyone wants to be special or unique and they can do this by projecting their identities to the world. People use their identities so that the world will see them in a certain way. On the surface this is not bad. It becomes a problem when these identities are the most important thing in our lives.

     I’ve been guilty of this. Growing up I was an athlete. I was the kid who was always in one sport a season, sometimes even two! I carried this identity and placed it on the highest pedestal and let it rule my life. Everything I did revolved around sports, and it was a problem. Moving beyond my experiences this is a common problem in the world. So many people put the wrong things as the top priority in their lives. We as Christians share the ultimate identity. That identity is found in Jesus. Paul sums it up beautifully in Galatians 3:23-29. He writes “ Before the coming of this faith,  we were held in custody under the law, locked up until the faith that was to come would be revealed.  So the law was our guardian until Christ came that we might be justified by faith.  Now that this faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian.  So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.  There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.  If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.” 

    Now you might be asking yourself the very Lutheran question what does this mean? Well, it means that our race, age, socioeconomic background, job, or any other identity doesn’t matter because we are all children of God. We were all help captive by our sin but because of Jesus we are saved.

     So, since our Christian identity is so important, we should put it at the top of our lives. When we embrace our identity as Christians it bleeds into all aspects of our life and changes the way we live because we will mirror the love that Christ has for us to everyone around us! Now we will fail at this sometimes because we are all sinners but because of Jesus we are no longer held captive by our sin because we are forgiven and redeemed! 

    In Christ Alone

    Aaron Finkel

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