Edgar Guest once wrote: “I’d rather see a sermon than hear one any day. I’d rather one would walk with me than merely show the way. I may misunderstand you and the high advice you give but there’s no misunderstanding how you act and how you live.”
One of our greatest struggles as Christians is in the area of our new identity. A lot of the time, we seem to suffer from an identity crisis. The reality that we have been made new in Christ does not exactly seem to transfer to our behaviors.We may still act like, talk like, and think like our old self.
2 Peter 1:8-9 states: “For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 But whoever does not have them is nearsighted and blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their past sins.”
These qualities are the transformational qualities that we are to add to our lives daily. We are to be adding faith, goodness, knowledge, self-control, and the list goes on. We are to partake of God’s divine nature. A true transformation should be happening. We should be becoming more Christ-like.
The passage also tells us the reason why we don’t seem different sometimes. We are blind and have forgotten that we have been cleansed and are free from the bondage of our sin. Having been cleansed, we put back on the dirty clothes!
So the key is to REMEMBER whose we are, who we are, and what we are becoming….don’t suffer from an identity crisis. He has far greater things for you than what this world can offer.