As women in ministry, we must recognize and embrace our identity in Christ. However, it's easy to lose sight of who we are amid life's challenges, expectations, and pressures. Ephesians 2:10 states, "For we are God's handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do." This Scripture reminds us of our unique purpose and significance in God's eyes. It is an ongoing process of recognizing who you are in Christ, understanding how He sees you, and living out His truth in all aspects of your life. Reclaiming our identity in Christ means embracing this truth and finding joy in the unique individual God created us to be. In this blog post, we will explore how women in ministry can reclaim their identity in Christ through practical tips and strategies based on biblical principles.
Understanding the Source of Our Identity and How It is Found in Jesus
In today’s world, many are struggling with an identity crisis. We often find ourselves asking, “Who am I?” The answer to this question can be found in scripture, particularly in Ephesians 2:10. We read, "We are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared for us to do.” This verse gives us a powerful insight into our identity and how it is found in Jesus. Because the work of salvation is by grace and faith in Jesus Christ, there is an expectation that we DEMONSTRATE our new life in Christ through our outward expressions. This means that you were not only created with a purpose but are expected to live it out. Let's do a short word study.
Workmanship - Strong's Greek #4161 - poiēma
a thing that is made
Created - Strong's Greek #2936 - ktizō
through the idea of the proprietorship of the manufacturer
Good - Strong's Greek #18 - agathos
good, benefit, well
Works - Strong's Greek #2041 - ergon
to work; toil (as an effort or occupation)
an act:—deed, doing, labor, work
Christ - Strong's Greek #5547 - christos
from #5548 - chrio
Christ - "anointed"
to smear or rub with oil
to consecrate to an office or religious service
God - Strong's Greek #2316 - theos
the godhead Trinity
spoken of the only one and true God
whatever can in any respect be likened unto God, or resemble him in any way
Before ordained - Strong's Greek #4282 - proetoimazō
to fit up in advance
to prepare before
to make ready beforehand
We should walk in - Strong's Greek #4043 - peripateō
to tread all around
walk at large
I can sum up the word study like this: Because I accept Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior of my life, as created in the image and likeness of God, I already possess everything I need to be occupied in BEing and DOing what God has placed inside of me. I am anointed and appointed to good works through salvation by grace and faith in Jesus Christ. Does that not empower you!
Unlocking the Power of Reclaiming Your Identity In Christ Through Prayer and Study
Our identity is a powerful thing. It is the lens through which we view the world, shaping our thoughts, feelings, and actions. Unfortunately, many of us have lost sight of who we are in Christ because of life’s challenges and our insecurities. But there is hope! We can reclaim our identity in Christ through prayer and studying God’s word. We can better understand who we are in Christ by praying scripture on identity and engaging in Bible study. Through this process of prayerful study, we can unlock the power of reclaiming our true identity as God’s beloved children.
As a believer, you are:
A child of God (John 1:12)
Chosen and loved by God (1 Peter 2:9)
A new creation in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17)
Forgiven and redeemed (Ephesians 1:7)
A member of the body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:27)
Recognizing Your True Value and Gifts as You Reclaim Your Identity in Christ
As Believers, we all can reclaim our identity in Christ. This means recognizing our spiritual gifts and understanding our true value in God's eyes. A spiritual gifts test can help you discover your unique gifts and how to use them to serve others. It can also help you understand your value, allowing you to recognize the importance of your contributions. By recognizing your true value and gifts, you can reclaim your identity in Christ and make a positive difference in the world around you.
With this foundation, let's explore practical tips and strategies to help you reclaim your identity in Christ effectively and scripturally.
Tips and Strategies for Reclaiming Your Identity in Christ
Immerse yourself in God's Word: Regularly read and meditate on the Bible to deepen your understanding of your identity in Christ. Focus on Scriptures that speak of your worth, purpose, and position in Him. Internalizing these truths will help you develop a stronger sense of who you are in Christ.
Pray consistently: Develop a consistent prayer life to maintain a close relationship with God. In prayer, ask God to reveal and confirm your identity in Christ and invite the Holy Spirit to guide and empower you in your walk with God.
Surround yourself with a supportive community: Engage with fellow believers who can encourage, uplift, and remind you of your identity in Christ. Join a small group or Bible study to foster these connections and grow together in your faith.
Reject false narratives: Be mindful of the lies and misconceptions that may influence your understanding of your identity. Reject any false narratives that contradict God's Word and focus on embracing the truth of who you are in Christ.
Practice self-reflection: Reflect on your thoughts, feelings, and experiences in light of your identity in Christ. Identify areas where you may struggle with your identity and ask God for guidance and strength to overcome these challenges.
Serve others: Embrace your God-given purpose by serving others in your ministry and community. Engaging in acts of service helps you align your actions with your identity in Christ and contributes to a more profound sense of purpose and fulfillment.
Share your story: Share your journey of discovering and reclaiming your identity in Christ with others. Your testimony can inspire and encourage other women in ministry who may be struggling with their identity.
Reclaiming your identity in Christ is essential for women in ministry. By immersing yourself in God's Word, praying consistently, surrounding yourself with a supportive community, rejecting false narratives, practicing self-reflection, serving others, and sharing your story, you can effectively and scripturally embrace your identity in Christ. Remember Ephesians 2:10 and celebrate the unique purpose and significance God has bestowed upon you as His handiwork, created to do good works for His glory.
~ Lady Jewels
James Strong, A Concise Dictionary of the Words in the Greek Testament and The Hebrew Bible (Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, 2009)
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