New Year…New You or Same You?

On New Years evening I was sitting down with my family and enjoying a movie, a quote in the movie resonated with me, “If you’re nothing without this suit then you shouldn’t have it.” I dwelled on this quote for hours, sometimes it’s ironic that something from a movie can have such an impact on you spiritually.

In the movie the person thought they were literally insignificant, nothing without the suit, the suit defined them. Aren’t we that way in a sense? We let our “labels” define who we are (which is sometimes true), for instance I’m a mother, a professional, a wife, a church volunteer; but what would happen if one of those titles got striped away from me? Would you still know who you were? Would you still worship Jesus? Or would you blame Him? Would you be lost?

As you enter the new year find some alone time with Jesus to mentally strip all titles away; would you know who you were? With just you and the Father, would you still see you? Would you recognize you? Would you love you?

This past year I went through a major change and resigned from my professional career after over eleven years. I thought it was going to be perfect, I could be a better mother, wife, daughter, church volunteer etc…. But life happens, I came under attack, I felt insignificant, I let my professional life define me for over a decade and I felt like I wasn’t making a difference in the world. I did a lot of soul searching for months about how to get over this “depression” that was trying to keep me stagnate in my church, relationships, and walk with God.

But through it all, through the fight of thoughts (which many times weren’t of Christ), sleepless nights, etc… I’m more secure in who I am in Christ because I chose to reflect and fight. You see, even if every title was stripped away, I’m still a daughter of the King (Rom8:14), I’m still the light of the world (Matt 5:14), I’m still forgiven (Col 1:13-14), I could go on and on.

I encourage you this new year to strip down to nothing (no titles, no distractions, just you and God) and to get to the core of who you are in Christ. It’s raw and the work is hard, but the reward is sweet. There’s no greater reward then the security and love of your Heavenly Father. Listen to the Holy Spirit speak to you, about what you need to add and take away. The Bible says, “Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin…” (Zech 4:10 NLT). We have to put in the work, we can’t start at the top, what good would that do? When we start small we learn to trust and you are trusted by God. Once you’re secure in who you are in Christ, there’s no stopping you because you’ll know anything is possible! You’re a world changer!

Blog By: Kristin Martin

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