by Pastor Mark Jordan
I received a notice the other day that I did not want, but am glad I did. My bank asked me if I was trying to buy a large quantity of pizza in The Bronx, NY. Since I was in my kitchen cooking lunch at our home in Cartersville, it was not me. Somewhere along the way, someone tried to steal my identity (I know…shocking to me, too!) so they could do life in my name. Thankfully, the fraud detection department discovered the anomaly and is helping to protect me.
Identity theft is one of the most pervasively growing crimes in the world. The more visible we are in our online world, the more vulnerable we are in the actual world. Nefarious people try to take advantage of someone’s buying borrowing power without any regard for how it might hurt that person. But what if I were to tell you that someone infinitely more powerful…infinitely more prosperous…wants to share his identity with you? This is precisely what God did for you and me in Jesus Christ.
When you accept Jesus, as the Apostle Paul wrote, you are a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come (2 Corinthians 5:17). Then, you are to do what Paul also wrote about in Ephesians 4:24, “put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.” The Lord wants a you take on His identity and share in His legacy. Sure, you might have some baggage in your past, making you feel awful about who you are, but God wants to share the identity of His one-and-only Son, Jesus Christ, with you. This isn’t identity theft, but an identity shift. It might not help you throw a raging pizza party in The Bronx, but the ‘Papa Rewards’ are out of this world!
Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for loving me, saving me, and sharing your holiness with me. Help me to put on my new self, made in your image, so I may by right with you in the world, even though the world might not feel right at all. I ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.