Galatians 2:20 (MSG/NLT) – I identify myself completely with him. My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me.
“Christ is not an add-on to an existing identity; he seeks to remake your identity. Often conversion language is a gross exaggeration and implies that nothing of the old identity remains. Obviously much remains the same; you are still physically the same person with the same history and propensities in the same culture. What is changed is the old life of sin, the old being, and its old orientation. Even the things that do not change are seen from a new perspective. Christ is not an accessory to your identity, as if you were choosing an option for a car; he takes over your identity so that everything else becomes an accessory, which is precisely what “Jesus is Lord” means. [Snodgrass, Who God Says You Are, p.9].
What do you think of Snodgrass’ quote? How is this similar or different to your perception of identity as a Christian?
Let us consider how we can live more surrendered to Christ, so much so that our identity is completely found in him, and everything else becomes secondary.
Let’s worship to the song “Here I Bow” by Bethel. (Click here)