Discovering Your Authentic Identity

God knew you before you knew yourself. This means He knows you better than you know yourself. God also predestined you. He foreknew you and He planned you to be conformed. You might ask, “Conformed to what?” To be conformed into the likeness and image of His Son, Jesus. As a believer, you are conformed into Jesus’ likeness. Romans 12:2 (NET) says it like this: “Do not be conformed to this present world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” What I God trying to accomplish? God has conformed you to Christ because that’s who you were created to be when you were born again. The greatest you has been transformed.

Here’s the problem. Most Christians are trying to change themselves to become more Christ-like. They have taken the sinful Nature and started making adjustments to try and make it look prettier. Make-up, do the hair, maybe a whole new wardrobe. But the sinful nature is being corrupted by deceitful desires, (Ephesians 4:22 NIV) whatever will you do? I know, try harder. Stop having low self-esteem, stop that addiction, and quit thinking about that nasty stuff. There, all better? Oops, fell off the wagon, try harder next time. Christians are trying to fix the old when actually the old is just better off left in the grave where he belongs. The old you is not you. The old you was never you. The Bible says the old you was crucified in Christ. We are to put off the old self…and according to Ephesians 4:24 (NIV) put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness. The new you is complete in Christ. Complete. Wait, what? Yeah, the reason you struggle is because you have probably followed the wrong road in your attempt to grow. You’ve worked so hard, alas, only to find out it didn’t really work. Are you ready for a clearer path to your identity? I have a surprise for you. The person who makes mistakes and feels quite like a failure, rejected and condemned, yeah, that’s not actually you. You’re operating out of the old self again. It’s a habit. I know. Do I have your attention now? Be patient, the answers are coming.

People are all trying to find themselves. Then we think, “Wait, in this book am I going to lose who I truly am as I recognize my conformed identity?” You’re not going to lose yourself; you’re going to find yourself. In this book, we are going to teach you how to find yourself in Christ, as opposed to finding yourself by backpacking across Europe. Everyone is off trying to find out who they are. “I just want to discover who I am.” We all do. But how do you accomplish that? How you approach your goal matters. You will either find yourself successful in reaching the goal or waste a great deal of time heading in the wrong direction.

In this book, we are on an adventure discovering who you are, but we are going to do it differently than everyone else. We are going to discover who we are through Christ. Sometimes we are concerned with being transformed or conformed, because it doesn’t sound like we will be authentic. Truth be told, God’s goal is to get you back to exactly who you were created to be when you were spiritually born, not the abused and tragedy-scarred person that looks at you in the mirror. There is no need to worry that you will have to let go of who you are. You’re not letting go of who you are. On the contrary, you’re discovering who you really are. In this, the scars and brokenness are attached to the old you. Who you thought you were is not actually who you are…

…The problem is we have bought into the idea that when we get born again we have to start fixing ourselves. Truth be told, you’re perfect. Hebrews 10:14 (NIV) For by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy. The quest isn’t to restore the old you like you were some old beaten car. Instead, we have to realize we are already new, a new car. The quest then is to truly discover all of the new car, and at the same time, stop driving the old car. This is the transformation process. The new you doesn’t need to be restored, instead, it needs to be revealed. Revealing it happens through the process of growing in the word of God, seeing Christ’s glory. Why? It is because we are to be conformed to the image of Christ. And Christ is in us, the hope of glory. There is much to say later about all of this, but I want to be certain you are introduced from the beginning that you are already new. So our becoming happens through the revelation of Christ…

…The reality is, no matter your age, you are becoming something. Every age that you are, you are becoming. When you wake up tomorrow, you are becoming. You are becoming either better or worse. You are becoming. Make no mistake. And, God has information and wisdom to help you become who He designed you to be.

Now, the world will offer you information on how to become something that you’re not. That’s the wrong information. God says, “Don’t be conformed to the pattern of the world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” The becoming happens in the language that the mind processes. The mind communicates in a language. It communicates in knowledge. God teaches that to transform the mind we need new knowledge. You may ask, “The knowledge of what?” The mind needs the knowledge of the likeness and image of His Son, Jesus. What if we currently have the wrong knowledge of the image of Christ? We would then have the wrong image of ourselves. Everyone has a different image and a different knowledge of who Christ is. This wrong image is created by the different things we hear, input from different sources, and the world’s perception of Christ. Add all these up and it has created an image of who Christ is to you. That image may need some tweaking. Or it may be altogether wrong…

Jesus wants us to seek him…

…“If you want to know me, you better dig. Don’t just assume cuz you heard me talk for a few seconds that you know me.” What was He saying? He was saying, “Dig!” Search for knowledge of who Jesus is. Do you want to find out who Jesus is? It’s not exposed on the surface, it’s not plain in its appearance and the Bible is a great big book. I’m here to tell you the Bible is a great big book of Jesus and if you want to find who He really is, you need to dig. You can’t just listen to what the world says about Jesus, you gotta get in that book and dig. If we want to find Jesus, we gotta dig. Let’s go digging…

Excerpt from Pastor Jason’s new book
Discovering Your Authentic Identity
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