A Quick weekly thought to help prepare us for Sunday worship.
This week we'll be continuing to think about our new identity as followers of Jesus. In 2 Corinthians, the Apostle Paul states that:
"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come" (2 Corinthians 5:17).
This new identity entails a lot; however, one simple way to think about it is in terms of the doctrine of the Trinity. As believers we are baptized into the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (the Trinity). And our baptism helps point out three aspects of our new identity as disciples of Jesus.
We could state it like this:
- If God is our Father, then we are his sons and daughters, and therefore WE ARE FAMILY.
- If Jesus is the King of the Kingdom, and we members of his Kingdom, then everything we do is to serve the King. Therefore, WE ARE SERVANTS.
- If the Holy Spirit empowers us and fills us for the purpose of continuing Jesus' mission, then WE ARE MISSIONARIES sent in the power of the Holy Spirit.
This is our new identity in Christ. Of course there's even more to this than these three facets, but these three are crucially important!
This week we'll be focusing particularly on our SERVANT identity.