But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, to redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ. (Galatians 4:4-7)
One thing I’ve learned about myself the spring is that, as a Christian, I struggle with my identity. I forget who I am in Christ. In Christ, I am a child of God (Galatians 4:4-7). Because I am a child of God, I am redeemed, or bought back from the debt of sin I owed. I am no longer under the law, which exposes my sin and condemns me to death. I am now a child of God, forgiven because of Christ’s sacrifice. I am not saved because of who I am, but because of what Christ did. Since I’m a child of God, my identity is not in the things I do or the positions I hold. My main responsibilities on the Coffey team include the children’s program and the music. If I’m not careful, I’ll let my performance in these jobs dictate whether I think God is pleased with me. My worth is not based on how well I teach a Bible lesson, or how well I play an instrument. It is not based on man’s opinion of me, or even what I think of myself. My worth is grounded in Christ and his finished work on the cross. So if I fail as a musician, or a teacher, or if I fall to sin again, I can rest in the fact that I’m a child of God. If I fail to reach the expectations I place on myself, I can rest knowing that God sees my as his son, redeemed and an heir of God. My identity is not in what I do, but in who I am in Christ.