16 Nov 2018
Our Identity Is in Him
Ezekiel 33:30 says:
“‘As for you, son of man, your people are talking together about you by the walls and at the doors of the houses, saying to each other, “Come and hear the message that has come from the Lord. My people come to you, as they usually do, and sit before you to hear your words, but they do not put them into practice.”’”
The prophet Ezekiel was totally sold out and obedient to the Lord, especially through some very tough times. Throughout his ministry, first as priest and then as prophet, God commanded Ezekiel to both speak out and physically act out some very difficult prophetic words to the people.
These words were intended for the good of all; given to warn and reset their direction toward a godly path. However, they often caused great offence to the nation’s leaders and landed him in deep trouble. But Ezekiel feared God more than he feared man’s response, and because he was faithful in obeying God, He always upheld Ezekiel, no matter how bad it got!
To be able to live at this level of obedience we have to truly know whom it is we belong to. We must know whose we are, rather who we think we are. Our identity must be in God, not in our gifting. If we seek to gain identity from our gifting we can fall into all kinds of insecurity, which ultimately leads to offence, competitiveness and pride.
Pause and reflect: “Father, when we fall into negative emotions such as feeling overlooked, taken for granted and unfairly judged, please help us not to become offended. Help us to stand strong in the knowledge that our identity is in You, and remind us that You promise to work all things together for our good. Amen.”