Boot camp takes young men and women and trains them to be warriors prepared to defend our country. They yell at them. Push them hard.
They treat them in such a way as to take away their individual identity. They are part of something bigger than themselves now. They are supposed to find their value in their new identity as Marine, no longer in what they used to be.
They learn to work together, each Marine doing their part to insure the success of the mission. They are a team. They have each other’s back.
In the spiritual, when we choose to follow Christ, we are given a new identity. Our value is now found in whose we are and what He is capable of and not anything we can do or anything we have been. We have a new truth to live by.
A few of my favorite truths are:
- You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. I John 4:4 (NIV)
- The one who calls you is faithful and he will do it. I Thessalonians 5:24 (NIV)
- Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. Philippians 1:6 (NIV)
- I can do everything through him who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13 (NIV)
- And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28 (NIV)
Another aspect of our new identity is being part of a team. Part of something bigger than ourselves. God doesn’t want us to do it alone. Our purpose is accomplished through the body of Christ. Each part has its own job. One job being no more important than the other. But all necessary for our mission to take the gospel to the ends of the earth and to love our neighbor.
More important than any identity the world can bestow on us is our identity in Christ. What truth about your new identity encourages you?