The Defining Piece

defining piece

By default we all are an accumulation of our life experiences.

We are who we are because of who we know, what we have read and what we have experienced and feel, and to varying degrees this is the result of choices we have made – both good and bad.

We all are very different and complicated people and we shouldn’t be surprised we struggle with ourselves, others and God.

But we cannot let our cumulative identity define us and rule us. 

The beauty of the gospel is that who we are by default is not the defining piece.

The Bible says that we all are uniquely made and have creator, imputed worth (Genesis 5:1). Even more, when we trust in the gospel of Jesus, we become righteous, adopted children of God. It is an absolute fact.

But therein lies the challenge. We have to continue to believe what we have already believed. We have to believe that we are not defined by our circumstantial experiences. We have to submit to the authority of the God-declared reality.

If we have turned from trusting our own way to believing in Jesus’ way, we are righteous, loved and new (2 Corinthians 5:17, 21; Romans 8).

This is the defining piece.

We will either believe God or believe the world and ourselves. By God’s grace, it’s your choice.

About brentprentice

Brent is the lead pastor and one of the Elders at Eagle Heights in Stillwater, Oklahoma. He has been married to Lacey for 14 years and together they love two sons, Luke and Elijah, and a daughter, Bella.

Posted on January 15, 2015, in Miscellaneous. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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