I ask—ask the God of our Master, Jesus Christ, the God of glory—to make you intelligent and discerning in knowing him personally, your eyes focused and clear, so that you can see exactly what it is he is calling you to do, grasp the immensity of this glorious way of life he has for his followers, oh, the utter extravagance of his work in us who trust him—endless energy, boundless strength! - Ephesians 1:17-19 MSG
Thoughts for Today
What are some of the words you would use to define yourself? Gay, straight, alcoholic, workaholic? Or teacher, attorney, mother, grandfather ... or even intelligent, witty, cute, stupid, ugly, clueless ...
While these words may describe some of your characteristics or roles, the real you is defined by your relationship to Christ. When we receive Jesus as Lord, God redefines us as followers of Christ, according to his purposes.
Homosexuality is a lifestyle you used to live (and might still be struggling with)—it's not who you are. Workaholism is a life-controlling problem, but not who you are.
Even the positive roles you play and your good characteristics may be a part of God's plan for your life—but they are not your main identity.
Consider this …
If you have made Jesus Lord of your life, you are a follower of Christ. He now lives within you. You are a child of the King. He has clothed you in his righteousness. He has a plan and a purpose for your life—and he will help you accomplish all that he has prepared you for and called you to do.
Father, I thank you that my main identity in life is now "follower of Christ." Help me to truly grasp the immensity of this glorious way of life. In Jesus' name ...
These thoughts were drawn from …Lessons Learned: Moving from Homosexuality to Holiness by Tammy Webb-Witholt. This group study offers biblical tools, along with an abundance of hope, to anyone struggling with homosexuality. It is also a great group for anyone desiring a deeper walk with God. Note: This curriculum was written especially for small groups, and we encourage people to use it that way. However, it can also be used effectively as a personal study.
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