But first, we need to know who we are. First, learn who you are then learn how to walk it out. Identity then integrity. Know who you were meant to be then be true to it.Ephesians Explained: day 2 devotional
Within the framework of the four pillars, I talk frequently about the process of changing your identity so that new habits an outflow of who you are. For instance, when someone who smokes wants to quit, they need to learn to identify themselves as one who doesn’t smoke. When the temptation comes the internal struggle then is reframed. It isn’t trying to avoid a temptation that you love saying to yourself ‘I’m a smoker trying to quit’, but rather it is trying to live out your true nature, ‘I’m not a smoker being tempted to start.’ It’s much easier to live out your identity than to go against it. Once you have changed your identity in ways that promote your better health, in the fullest sense of the word, you can start to have actions in your life that improve your wellbeing too.
This passage out of Ephesians 1 is the same idea. Paul is calling us to understand our new identity in Christ. He will spend the first three chapters of Ephesians telling us what that means and from that he will begin to discuss what should be the natural outflow of our lives if we truly are adopted through Christ into God’s kingdom.
even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, … In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace,Ephesians 1:4-5, 7 ESV (https://www.bible.com/59/eph.1.4-5,7.esv)
If you’re interested in learning more about what it means to be called to be part of God’s Kingdom, read and study your way through Ephesians. I’d be happy to talk with you about it as well.