Back to the Future - Day 2

Opening Prayer:

I come to you today, God, seeking wisdom and direction. Help me hear your words and apply them to my life so that I can shine your light. Amen.

 

Read: Philippians 3:7, NIV

“But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ.”

 

Reflect:

On the heels of listing his impressive list of earthly qualifications, Paul declares it all nothing compared to life in Christ. Many of the things we find meaning and value in are expendable and have no currency in the realm of God. According to a 2018 Pew Research survey, about two-thirds of U.S. adults are Facebook users with roughly three-quarters of those users accessing the social media site daily. Other sites like Instagram are also heavily used across all ages and demographics. Americans spend a significant amount of time online cultivating a specific identity or personal narrative. Whether we are sharing selfies, family photos, food we have made, Bible verses we like, or personal anecdotes, it all comes together to paint a public picture of who we are and how we want to be viewed. One cannot deny that we Americans strongly value personal, national, and even church identity. Connectness is good, social media is not the villain, and these platforms give us the opportunity to encourage and love others. However, keep in mind Paul's words which remind us that a public persona is useless compared to our identity in Christ.

 

Apply:

Scripture speaks a lot about our true identity. We are God's children (Ephesians 1:3-8), part of the body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:27), God's workmanship (Ephesians 2:10), redeemed (Galatians 3:13), new creations in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17), justified and righteous (Romans 5:1), the light of the world (Matthew 5:14), and free from condemnation (Romans 8:1). Reflect today on any habits or practices that may be causing you to settle for a lesser identity than the one God has for you. Are you giving too much power to the way the world views you? Do you spend time focused on that identity rather than your identity in God's kingdom? It's an easy trap to fall into and we have to work daily to walk in God's power rather than our own.

 

Closing Prayer:

God, I am a new creation through your son Jesus. Help me embrace that identity and lay down the need for the approval of others. Let your power in me touch those I meet. Amen.

Terry Schneider