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Identify: Who Will You Be?

by in Soul Food

"Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God." (Colossians 3:1)

Are you in the mood for a do-over? Want to start again? You can. And there will never be a better time. 

The only thing holding us back is this: We're still us, right? We don't magically get smarter, faster, tougher, or cooler. Aren't we doomed to repeat the version of ourselves we presented to the world last time? In Colossians 3, Paul says, "nope." At least, that's what he says to Christians.

Believers have this superpower we don't talk about much. Because of the Holy Spirit, we can say "no" to sin, "yes" to powerful new choices, and we can become wildly different people. In fact, we can exchange our identity for a brand new one. Starting right now.

How? Step one is found in verse one above: Make a new goal. Forget aiming for a certain GPA or spot on the team or rank in the social food chain. Paul says to aim to live in the identity of Jesus Christ Himself. And that means setting your life in the direction of heaven. More tomorrow.

Think: Do you get pumped about all the potential in a new beginning? Would you like to be as much like Jesus as possible?

Pray: Ask God to help you to set the whole direction of your life toward Jesus and heaven. And then ask Him to overwhelm you with the desire to keep moving that way.

Do: If you've got a few minutes, let Paul's description of Jesus true identity in Colossians 1:15-19 blow your mind.

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