Identity and Calling in Christ, part 1
The more we embrace our identity in Christ by faith, the more we will joyfully and effectively live out our calling in Christ. We should always be looking to grow in our understanding and appreciation for what Jesus has done for us and what He has given to us. We should strive, for the glory and praise of God to, "grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen" (2 Peter 3:18). What is our identity in Christ? What is our calling in Christ? How do the answers change our lives? This series of devotions will answer such questions.
Question #1: What is the value of knowing Christ?
Knowing Christ is of supreme value.
"Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ." (Philippians 3:8)
Philippians 3:8-11, Ephesians 3:8; Ephesians 3:17-19. Identify the key words and phrases that talk about the supreme value of knowing Christ.
Discuss or Contemplate
What is value? What does supreme value mean? What do we do with things that we think are valuable? How do we treat things that we think have little or no value? What are some things that you value, and why? What do you value most, and why? Contrast what the world around you considers "riches" versus what God considers riches. How do you need God to change your heart, mind, and life regarding riches, regarding what you esteem as supremely valuable?
Call on God to help you esteem Christ above all things, to see knowing Him as supremely valuable for life, and to sanctify our hearts by the work of the Spirit. Remember that you are saved by grace through faith, and that God will sanctify you according to His power, mercy, and wisdom.