One of my main focus in the ministry is to help Christians know their identity in Jesus. So few people have what is called a healthy self-esteem in their place before our Father as a son or daughter.
I have asked some in the congregation this question: who are you in Jesus? I wait and receive that stare of confusion. What do you mean? Sometimes I have asked what are your talents or calling in the Body of Christ? Then, I wait and get that look again.
So many good people have fallen into this trap of unbelief about their own identity in Christ. It’s important to you to know the answer to those questions. As you begin to grow in your identity and understanding in Jesus, the growth often comes in phases, just as when we were children.
One of the most constant mistakes is when people grow in their identity through a title or how they function in a spiritual gift.
I am not my gift or title. I am a child of God. Period. Whenever we build our identity around our title, we turn to a performance mentality in serving the Lord. That desire to be the greatest on stage.
That’s not good nor is it of God. Our own emotional, mental and spiritual stability become compromised with this posture.
There are far too many in the church strung out on titles. Allow me to tell you it’s not about titles. Even though it is a biblical title, it’s about serving. We are stable only when we see ourselves as children of God.
It appears that there are more “apostles” in Pine Bluff than any other city across this nation. And all of them are black! Wake up ministers. Get to know your identity. Be thankful and serve.
The disciples of Jesus had this same mentality about greatness (see Mark 9:33-37). The disciples had a dispute about who would be the greatest. Jesus took a little child to teach them humility and if you desire to be great, serve.
You must know that your significance is not in titles. It’s Christ in you the hope of glory, an heir of God and joint heir with Christ Jesus.
See where Jesus washed the disciples’ feet (John 13:3-5). Now, that’s humility and serving. You want to be great? Imitate and follow Jesus. Jesus knew who He was and His mission on Earth. He came to serve, not to be served. He came to seek and save the lost. Jesus made no reputation of Himself. He always did the things that pleased His Father.
In our local assembly everyone is truly significant, no positions of service are too low. Serving is how we respond to really seeing who we are. I am the righteousness of God in Christ and very thankful that God has saved me, called me and anointed me to serve in His Kingdom. I am who I am by the grace of God. That’s what greatness is all about serving in Jesus’ name.
The Rev. Kerry Price Sr. is the pastor at Breath of Life Church at Pine Bluff.
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