When I was a baby Christian, I didn't know much about my new identity in Christ. I continued to live in the "performance mindset." My assumptions were that who I was had everything to do with what I did, how well I did it, and how successful I grew to be based on my own efforts. As I grew my relationship with God, He began to speak to me about the very real and beautiful picture I was missing--I was no longer the same Savannah, I had a new identity. 2 Corinthians 5:17 became alive to me. It says, "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature; old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new." That was it! The link I had been missing! When I said yes to Jesus, I became a new creature. I was no longer who I once was. My identity was no longer dependent on the things I did but on Christ! This lit a fire in me. I HAD to know more about this new creature God said I was. So I began to study the Bible and what God says about my identity in Christ. I looked up verses that contained the phrases "in Christ," "in Him," or "in Whom." These verses told me about my new identity in Christ. The more I studied, the more stirred up on the inside I became. One verse, in particular, was standing out, Galatians 2:20 which says, " 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." I loved the way the JB Phillips translation says it, "And my present life is not of the old 'I,' but the living Christ within me..." A light bulb went off and a whole train of thought followed and I began to see the truth of my identity. This "train of truth thought" is as true for you as it is for me. And it goes as follows:

When I said yes to Christ, everything changed. Who I was is dead and gone, and I have a new identity given by my union with Christ. Because He lives in me, and I am united with Him, I am one spirit with Him (1 Corinthians 6:17). If I am one spirit with Him, I must share in what He has...what He has, I have (Romans 8:17). Ephesians 1: 20 says Christ is seated in heavenly places. So, if He is, I am. Sure enough Ephesians 2:6 confirmed it for me by saying that together with Christ I have been raised up and seated together with Him in the heavenly places. And then I realized...nothing I do will ever put me in a better position than I was already in. No amount of "trying" or "performance" would ever do anything for me. Right in that moment, I was as unified with Christ as I will ever be. I could stop trying. Everything has already been done; there was nothing left for me to do. And that's when I heard God whisper straight to my core, "You can rest now."

-Savannah Martin 

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