Here in the U.S. an entire industry exists to find, sign, and develop athletes for the nation's professional sports teams. These male and female athletes are identified by their performance, and anything less than their best is not tolerated for long.
For this reason professional athletes have access to the very best medical care possible, to help insure they can play their best possible game. Anything coming between these athletes and their game is dealt with swiftly by the most advanced sports medicine on the planet.
But who is looking after the rest of us, helping us to stay at the top of our game in living out our lives? Who is swiftly dealing with whatever comes between us and our best possible game?
The answer is… nobody. Nobody is even qualified to help us but God. And He does not force us into His training regimen, nor does He force us to seek His help with our injuries. So we will quickly find ourselves sidelined by what comes against us if we are not intentional about pursuing our true identity.
If you were to walk up and down the street or the road where you live and check on the condition of your neighbors, what would you find? Just how many of your neighbors are limping through life, for one reason or another, under an assumed identity of sickness, depression, disability, poverty, or some other condition—sidelined from their best game?
What does our best game look like, anyway? We know what it looks like on the field or in the arena. But what does it look like in everyday life?
The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have [it] more abundantly. (John 10:10 NKJV)
God establishes the identity of every person on the face of the earth with these words. If you want to know your true identity, just consider what Jesus says. If you want to understand your potential, consider what Jesus says. If you want to know who you are, take these words to heart and do not diminish what Jesus made possible on the Cross.
If you are living with any… any… any stealing, killing, and destroying going on, then you are living under an assumed identity. Your true identity lies in Christ, where there is life… and not just a life to get by with, but a life of abundance.
Please do not lower His standard of living to your level of understanding. Raise your level of understanding to His level of love.
I am not speaking in poetic imagery. I am speaking in practical terms. Do not take even a single Aspirin for pain without realizing that you are accepting a lower standard of living than what He intended for you to have. Do not make even a single complaint about the circumstances in your life without being aware that you are accepting a lower standard of living than what He intended for you to have.
Please don't blow me off as extreme. I am telling you the truth. You cannot experience the truth of the identity Jesus has prepared for you by continually lowering His standards to meet your reality.
Even if you were born without this or without that, please do not lower His standards to meet your reality. I am not saying that if you are confined to a wheelchair without arms or legs, you will suddenly grow new limbs and carry your wheelchair out to the trash bin. I am saying His intention is to make you whole… so complete you will be missing nothing. Maybe your body will be made to look like everyone else's… maybe not. But He will still make you whole—with nothing missing.
I am not throwing the weight of unrealistic expectations on you. I am throwing a bucket of ice water on you… and on all the rest of us. We each have to sober up and challenge our standards… and demand they match up with God's standards.
In all of history, the first man on record to break the four‐minute mile barrier was Roger Bannister in 1954. What had never happened before, happened a second time a couple of months later when Mr. Bannister and another man again broke the four‐minute mile barrier. And records continue to be set, including a two‐mile run completed in less than eight minutes by Daniel Komen of Kenya, in 1997. All because someone was willing to consider possible what seemed to be impossible….
You will frequently find unique products manufactured here in the U.S. by multiple companies located in close proximity. How does this happen? An individual will come up with an innovative product and create a a new market. A key employee will decide to build an improved version of the original product by opening a competing plant. And others from that newly created industry will branch off on their own trying to build better products than their existing competitors. All because someone was willing to consider possible what seemed impossible….
“What you will not consider you most likely will never experience.”
Someone had to consider the possibility that a four‐minute mile was a possibility before it could ever be run. Someone had to consider the product in their imagination a possibility before it could ever become a reality in the marketplace.
And no one can ever experience the abundant life Jesus describes without first considering it to be possible. Consider just a few of the possibilities:
- Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers. (3 John 2 NKJV)
- Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. (John 14:27 NKJV)
- Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father. (John 14:12 ESV)
- Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, cast out demons. You received without paying; give without pay. (Matthew 10:8 ESV)
But you can never experience this kind of living if your human nature is in control. Ask God to give you an understanding of the following passage:
I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. (Galatians 2:20 KJV)
If you have any stealing, killing, and destroying going on in your life on a continuing basis, you are a victim of identity theft. Don't be fooled into identifying your suffering as somehow being the cross you must bear. This is just a convenient distraction from the enemy, to keep you from being effective. Think about it: If you are so sick, so broke, or so depressed that you can't even begin to think about anyone other than yourself, then how can you be effective in working for the Lord.
The only suffering we have no control over is that suffering for His sake, for righteousness' sake, for the sake of the Gospel—the fallout (or the cross we must bear) from serving Him. But He has given us control over everything else.
If you will refuse to compromise your true identity, you will begin to see those impossible things collapse under the weight of God's love.
Have a good day,