Becoming like Christ is a long, slow process of growth. Spiritual maturity is neither instant nor automatic; it is a gradual, progressive development that will take the rest of your life. But while it may take a life time to become Christlike, it's important to get awareness while you are walking along the path. If you want to take the opportunity to own your identity, then you are in the right place.
Referring to this process, Paul said, “This will continue until we are . . . mature, just as Christ is, and we will be completely like him” (Ephesians 4:13CEV). You are a work in progress. Your spiritual transformation in developing the character of Jesus will take the rest of your life, and even then it won’t be completed here on Earth. It will only be finished when you get to Heaven or when Jesus returns.
At that point, whatever unfinished work on your character is left will be wrapped up. The Bible says that when we are finally able to see Jesus perfectly, we will become perfectly like him: “We are already God’s children, but he has not yet shown us what we will be like when Christ appears. But we do know that we will be like him, for we will see him as he really is” (1 John 3:2 NLT, second edition).
Much confusion in the Christian life comes from ignoring the simple truth that God is far more interested in building our character than he is anything else. We worry when God seems silent on specific issues such as “What career should I choose?”The truth is, there are many different careers that could be in God’s will for your life. What God cares about most is that whatever you do, you do in a Christlike manner (1 Corinthians 10:31; 1 Corinthians 16:14; Colossians 3:17).
Holly has a fascinating insight into our identity both from her past experiences and what she sees happening in her future. Because she is an artist, she was able to create Identity Based Habits around how to interpret identity from many different perspectives. You will be inspired and encouraged by Holly's overcomer testimonial.
Clark gives us a completely unique view of our Identity in Christ from the perspective of a missionary. Many times we do not think about the personal struggles of those in the Body of Christ that are on the front lines of advancing the Kingdom, but this is where our identity can be most tested and Clark brings clarity which is both refreshing and challenging.
Sue shares with us how the Lord never left her despite a tremendous amount of personal and professional setbacks. Today, she lives out her Identity in Christ in ways that lift people out of an " orphan " mindset and encourages them through the word and spirit of her testimony.
Mike was " wired " to be successful. Throughout his younger years and into the early stages of his professional life, he saw an outpouring of goodness in ways that brought him to the top. But as we know, adversity introduces a man to himself and Mike found himself dealing with many life setbacks that we triggered by his own personal decisions.
John had an amazingly successful career as an attorney for almost 40 years and then found himself going through a series of devastating personal losses from the loss of his business, his marriage and then his son. It was at this point that John, a believer in Jesus Christ for his entire life began to find himself stepping into a new identity in Christ.
Dwain was a hard charging, tough and very selfish man as he was living much of his life, but something was not right. Over time he started to see the wear and tear that this was costing him more than time and relationships. It was starting to cost his soul. Watch as the Lord breaks through to bring Dwain into a new identity.
Glenn finished college, got married, had a good job and then started to grow his family. But thing got off the rails of his plan and he found that the identity which he built was being exposed for what it really was. Glenn tried to get away from the identity that he had built, but a ride on a motorcycle changed his plans and that day the Lord started to bring a new identity to him.
Scott never knew his father and this created much internal tension that had to be dealt with. Unfortunately, he found a way to deal with the pain in ways that were very self destructive. Over time, this began to chip away at the identity which he had created as he was growing up so when the challenges of life came to Scott's life, they came crashing over him like waves coming to shore on a beach.