Last Sunday in our message and through this column, we identified those of us believers in Christ as people of God with new identity, We captioned that our greatest treasure and asset is our identity in Christ. Another perspective of encouraging us to keep growing in our new and supreme identity is echoed by Apostle Paul in his letter to the Church at Colossae and to us in this generation. He said, “And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to follow Him. Let your roots grow down into Him, and let your lives be built on Him (not on your ego to please self and the world). Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were (being) taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness (and not bitterness or sinful, complaining attitude’ Colossians 2:6-7)
The primary reason many of us believers in Christ with the greatest treasure and asset remain spiritual babies and dwarfs is our chosen way of letting the old self dominate our decisions and actions rather than letting Christ and the Holy Spirit. We divest our energy and strength in things that do not benefit the soul, but rather engage in worldly pursuit that only benefit our ego and the body. We must be reminded that no child of God can spiritually grow without intentionally and consistently nurturing their soul with the truth of God and practically living it out by dependence on the Holy Spirit.
The word of God warns us not to love the world thus: “Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not him. For everything in the world – the craving od sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has or does – comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God abides forever” (1 John 2:15-17) .The big question is “How are you and I living out our identity in Christ?” It is a choice that you and I make every day with determined purpose! Dr. Johnson Omoni