What does it mean to live for The Glory of God?

Are you looking for ways to live for the glory of God? In this episode, I talk to Gina Habig about how to glorify God in our daily lives. Gina shares her journey of realizing that following rules and striving to please God through our own efforts aren’t enough, and how the Holy Spirit empowers us to live a life that pleases Him. Discover how to overcome “religion guilt” and focus on pointing people to Christ and His example. Stick with me as I share practical ways to serve and love others in a way that points to God’s glory.

What does it mean to live for The Glory of God?

Are you looking for guidance on how to live a life that glorifies God? In this podcast episode, Anne Markey and Gina Habig share their personal experiences and insights on how to live for the glory of God.

In this episode, we talk about:

– How to avoid guilt and shame caused by not following rules and laws

– How to teach kids about having a personal relationship with God

– The importance of understanding the full gospel and having faith in it.

Hi and welcome back to the Christian Minute podcast. My name is Anne Markey and I am joined today by a guest. Her name is Gina Habig. Welcome to the show.

Meet Gina

Tell me about your background and how you first came to know God.
I remember at age 4, coming to my mom and asking her to pray with me. I don’t think I really understood the gospel till I was 30 years old.

So 26 years later, I felt like I finally understood that Jesus didn’t just give me a ticket to heaven, he gave me a new life, a new desire to want to serve him.

I think a huge piece of that was not understanding The Holy Spirit and how He empowers me to live a life that pleases God.

Instead, what I thought is, I got the ticket to heaven, and I’m not going to hell. However, I have to work really hard and kill myself to please God. Not that I could earn salvation, but more of never wanting to feel like I was on God’s bad side.

I saw him as an angry parent. I think that corresponded with my upbringing.

I was brought up in a very strict Baptist home where it was very much rule-based and everything was centred around the church and their culture. And so I thought I had to constantly continue to earn my way to God’s happiness. But I didn’t see it anymore. I didn’t really see it as I was earning salvation.

The Role of Guilt in Christian Living

I think when you’re younger, you really try to follow all those rules. But then you realize you feel guilty because you can’t follow all the rules.

Nowhere in the scripture does it say we actually have to read our Bible every day. The Bible tells us to meditate on scripture and tells us how good it is for us to do.

But, when we’re not measuring up, I think the devil does a really good job of making us feel guilty and telling us we’re horrible Christians, God doesn’t want you like all these things.

And so it’s this mix of The church conversation, but also the devil taking advantage of those things and like keeping us down and guilty and ashamed and all those things.

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Pointing people to Christ

The piece we could mention is the picture of being pointed to Christ as being the one who did it all.

When people would sit down with me and go over Colossians 3, they would skip chapters one and two, which tells me who Christ is.

They would just tell me, stop sitting, stop doing this. But how do I do that in my own strength? I can’t.

And so that’s the I think a big piece of it is- are we pointing that person to Christ, or are we pointing them to more obedience and laws?

The downfall of toxic purity culture

I’ve seen exactly what you’re talking about because I think about the purity culture in the nineties. It was exactly this. It was very rule-based. It was very demoralizing and none of it was pointing us to Christ.

It was all very much teaching us that if you do one thing, then you’re completely ruined. It was just a really bad framing of this conversation.

And I find like one of the things I’ve noticed lately is it has shifted. These days, I see so many people talking about why it’s bad to have sex outside of marriage. Pointing it back to Christ and sharing that the church is a symbol of the bride and the groom.

We never gave me the God piece. You just told me that it was bad and that it would ruin me.

And so I think, when we’re telling our kids, we have to give them that God piece.

Otherwise, I think you missed that personalization.

As a mom, I’m trying to be a lot more conscientious about sharing why and how something they do has an effect on their relationship with God. Asking, how does God fit into this scenario?

What does Glorying The Lord mean?

When I think of glorifying the Lord, I think the first thing is defining glory.

Glory is not something that can be added, it’s something that already is. And that’s what the Bible teaches about God’s glory, is that it’s inherent to him. So things like His reputation, and being reverent to Him.

In Isaiah 6:1-4 when the heavenly creatures are saying holy is the Lord God Almighty, the whole Earth is full of his glory. Well, why did they not say holy is the Lord God Almighty, the whole earth is full of His Holiness? Why do they not say that? Well, because they were describing what glory really was, and it’s the purity, it’s the majesty of who God is.

God has to be connected to uplifting who He is. And I think the first thing that we do is understand the full gospel and believe in the full gospel.

Then of course repentance, and then continuing faith.

And then lastly, it goes into practice things like loving others and depending on God and trusting in Him.

Glorifying in The Lord’s discipline

When we glorify in The Lord’s discipline we become more like Him.

This is what The Lord says in Romans 8:28-30. He is going to be bringing us to full glorification by making us into the image of God. But that doesn’t happen in a vacuum.

And even if we look at the life of Christ, we see that He learned obedience. Jesus had to learn how to walk in the way even though he was 100 % God and also 100 % man, he still had to fulfill all righteousness by living a life that we could never live.

He was the model of what it meant to glorify God and we look to his life to see how it’s demonstrated.

But I think a lot of times it becomes more of a performance. And I think this is dependent on the motive of the person.

Our motives matter

Some of that could be like it’s glorifying if we serve in the church, it’s glorifying to help the poor, it’s glorifying to discipline our all that’s glorifying.

But what is the motivation?

I can look good and people can go, oh look at so and so is a good Christian mother?

No, if it’s not pointing to God, it’s not glorifying him.

The heavens declare the glory of God; And the firmament shows His handiwork.
Day unto day utters speech, And night unto night reveals knowledge.

Psalm 19:1-2

The heavens declare God’s glory- it points people back to God, not itself.

We are to shine the spotlight on the person of God because He is already full of glory. So we’re not adding to his glory. We can’t. But we can lift up his glory, or at least like, point towards his glory and also, focus on his glory instead of ourselves, our works, our abilities and all those things.

Steps to shifting our thoughts and actions to glorying God

I’m not going to mention who this is because I don’t recommend this author. But I will say, I read a book that was very good and very biblical. I needed to be confronted that nothing I could do could ever please God in the same way that Christ please God.

And so the book basically contrasted what God says is good and what you think is good. And that blew me away because that confronted me at the core of my problem.

I needed to realize that Christ’s work was not only good enough to get me to heaven but was good enough for me to rest him and to stop running this hamster wheel.

So my twenties were just this hamster wheel of running around looking for this Bible study, going to this conference, thinking there’s a special secret I have not found. And there was. It just was the gospel.

The spirit led me that long so that I can have something to share with someone else.

I got married very young and just thought all my problems would go away since I met a completely different, like my husband’s upbringing.

He saw more of the gospel and I saw more of the loss. And he’s five years older than me, so he’s not much older than me. You just happen to see something a little something different, which was great because God used that to teach me to get me to realize, I needed to be in the word and I need to stop seeking some kind of special answer.

God redeems lost time

Even though you got saved, younger and didn’t really make it personal until your thirties. That time in between can feel like lost time.

But what I love is that the Lord still redeemed it.

To Him, it’s not lost time because you’re using it to encourage other people and put the spotlight back on Him.

I think sometimes we can get trapped in this idea of like, I’ve lost all this time. I haven’t made the most of my time and have that guilt.

Whereas in realizing that I’m not perfect, I may have some lost time, but God can still redeem that time and use it for his glory.

And I always think that that’s amazing.

When we think of the children of Israel and how much time they lost, how much of their story do we learn from because of that?

So God can use all these things for His glory because of who He is. And all we have to do is shift that mindset.

Is it sad that I lost that time?

Sure! But I don’t need to sit in that sadness. I can use it to encourage other people.

The Lord can use our husbands to help us grow

I think the Lord has an amazing way of using marriage in our spouses to show us different pieces of himself.

My husband grew up in a non-Christian home. And the organizations that he got saved through were very much relationship-based and had a different way of looking at things.

And so learning from each other in our marriage and figuring out how we take both sides of what we learned now and apply it to the way we raise our children and the priorities that we have in our life.

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The purpose of the law

When you understand the gospel, you’re no longer enslaved to the law. The law kills. And so in Christ, the law is still important.

But the law is our schoolmaster. It is to instruct us.

It is not to kill us and the Israelites.

They were to see through the law that they needed a saviour.

That was the whole purpose of the law.

That’s, where the Pharisees went wrong. They kept thinking the more laws I do, the more spiritual I am.

And God is saying, no. The law is to show you can never keep my law perfectly. This is to show you how holy I am. And how much you need me to save you completely.

And that’s what the prophets kept telling them. But they still didn’t get it.

It’s all about coming right back to the gospel, coming right back to who God is, His character and how that shapes the way we think about our relationship with Him, and other Christians.

I think we can have this impact by sharing more about who God is and bringing it back to Scripture.

When you understand the gospel, you’re no longer enslaved to the law. The law kills. And so in Christ, the law is still important.

But the law is our schoolmaster. It is to instruct us.

4 steps you can take to live for the glory of God

Step 1: Get to Know God

The first thing is- if you don’t know the gospel you don’t know Christ.

That would be the first step is to get to know who your saviour is because you can’t live if you don’t know who He is and what He has done for you.

So that’s the first thing. Read the book of John maybe. And I would read it in conjunction with one of the Synoptic Gospels because then you can see more of the movements of Christ’s life because we know John is evangelistic, so you see it pointing to the Saviour and then the other gospels.

You see more of the everyday life of Christ and how his ministry actually was carried out.

Step 2: Find a mentor

The second step I think would be to get with a mentor. Find someone in your church that can walk you through the steps of what it means to be a Christian through the example of their life and through the scripture.

I think sometimes we focus too much on books and there are some great books that I’d recommend, but make sure it’s Bible based and it’s expositional to scripture.

Step 3: Spend time with God regularly

Find a time- in your day, and your week when you can be in God’s word.

There’s no law about you must do it at a certain time of day. Find a time in the day that works for you.

I know for one of my friends when all her kids are napping is the time she does it. And they all go down and she goes in the word, and that’s like clockwork to her. But she’s made it a priority because she knows she can’t live without it.

So find that time.

You don’t have to make it difficult. You don’t need to read three or four chapters a day. Start slow and don’t go past the point that you can’t understand anymore.

And I’m a big believer in reading through scripture if you haven’t done it and start in Genesis and just go and get a commentary if you need it or get a study Bible if you get stuck in Leviticus because we all get stuck there and then study.

What I mean by the study is to pick a book and go verse by verse. Very slowly and go over and over and over until you get it. That’s how I think the practice starts.

And then the spirit is going to lead you.

1 Year Bible reading plan

A simple tip to start reading God’s word

One of the things that I did at a camp growing up, was have morning staff devotions. And one of my favourite things was reading the same book every morning for a week.

And so you’re reading the entire book of Galatians every day for like 7 days.

And then all you’re doing is just talking about the different things that just popped out.

And then you start seeing connections and you start seeing how the word of God is alive and moving because, on day two and three and four and five, you see new things even though you’ve already read this book like 4 different times.

It doesn’t have to be complicated. It can be just super simple. It doesn’t have to be an hour, 2 hours, or 10 minutes. It can be one minute, 2 minutes, or 3 minutes.

It’s about the quality of time with God, not the quantity.

It’s an active choice to continue to learn more and seek more.

Step 4: do everything for God

Make sure what you’re doing is connected to Christ. I’ll give one example because I say this example a lot.

So let’s say you have a neighbour and she needs help. She is a widow. She needs you to help her clean her house.

So if you’re going to clean her house, but it’s not connected to Christ, meaning you’re just doing it to say I did my Christian duty or to feel better or to think you’re more holy, then you got a problem.

That’s kind of the test that I always kind of ask myself, okay, why am I doing this?

Am I doing this for my praise? Or am I doing this for the praise of God?

And so I’m very careful when I get involved in things. I don’t go out to church and get involved in 40 things because those things might be good, but they’re not. If I’m not doing it to point the person or the people who are going to receive that to Christ, I’m not living for the glory of God.

It’s not on your list of things to do

When we’re doing those things, glorifying God will become more like it’ll just happen because we’re seeking the Lord.

I don’t think we need to necessarily add one more task. Thinking- now I have to glorify the Lord.

Glorifying the Lord happens naturally when we’re spending time with Him and doing the things He’s called us to do.

When we do that, then glorifying the Lord is just a really amazing byproduct of those things.

How to connect with Gina

Share with us where people can connect more with you, and how they can find you and get to know you more.

My goal is to help women to study the Bible and to connect it to the context of the gospel in Christ.

You can connect with me on my blog, and Instagram.

I’ve been taking Bible classes, and now I want to give the information to people so they don’t sit there with four or five books and go, I don’t know where I’m going.

If that’s something that’s interesting to you and please reach out to me.

My website is also standing on foundations.

12 Songs about your Identity in Christ

Most people who know me, know that I have songs going through my head all day long. The songs that seem to go through my head the most are songs about your Identity in Christ. Click to see 12 songs about your identity in Christ.

Most people who know me, know that I have songs going through my head all day long. The songs that seem to go through my head the most are songs about your Identity in Christ.

These types of songs get me through the day and lift me up when I am not doing well. Not only that but Songs also have a way of expressing all the things that I can’t.

That is why I wanted to add this post to my blog series on our identity in Christ. Today, I have another guest blogger. Her name is Sandy, and she loves to encourage women through storms. To learn more about her, read her bio at the end of the blog post, or check out her blog here. Today, Sandy will share with us 12 songs about your Identity in Christ.

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You are a child of God. 

You are a child of God!

There is no statement more important than that. 

As women, it is so easy to forget who we are. We lose ourselves in the hustle and bustle of life. We describe ourselves as moms, wives, sisters, friends, chauffeurs, teachers, and the list goes on and on…

We sometimes forget that our identity is in Christ alone and not in the roles we have in life.

There have even been many times when I’ve let my circumstances define me and my mood for the day. I’ve let them keep me from being productive. I’ve let them stand in the way of my relationship with the very One who created me! 

How many times have you let your circumstances define who you are?

Our identity is tied to whatever and whoever we give our hearts to. When we aren’t giving our heart completely to the Lord, that’s when we lose ourselves. We lose ourselves in our children, in our jobs, in our relationships, and in our circumstances. When this happens, we need to be reminded that we are children of God and we are who He says we are.

Music can be a reminder of our identity in Christ.

Music has always played a significant role in my life, especially in my relationship with the Lord. 

“Sing to him, sing praise to him; tell of all his wonderful acts.”

Psalms 105:2

Singing is my favourite way to praise Him.  It opens my heart to truly worship Him.

It always draws me nearer to Him so that He can draw near to me. (James 4:8) It brings me great joy and the right song can remind me of who I am in Christ.

Lauren Daigle’s song You Say is my favourite one to listen to when I need a reminder that I am who He says I am but there are so many others. I’ve listed more below that will remind you that you are a child of God who is forgiven and redeemed. 

Through Him, you are an overcomer, you are free, you are chosen, you are loved, you are different, and you are beautiful! Most importantly you are saved!

12 Songs about Your Identity in Christ

1. You are

This song is my favourite one to listen to when I need a reminder that I am who He says I am but there are so many others. I’ve listed more below that will remind you that you are a child of God who is forgiven and redeemed. 

Through Him, you are an overcomer, you are free, you are chosen, you are loved, you are different, and you are beautiful! Most importantly you are saved!

2 & 3 You are a child of God.

“So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith,” Galatians 3:26 NIV

These are both songs about your Identity in Christ.

4. You are Forgiven.

“All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.” Acts 10:43 NIV

This is another great song about your Identity in Christ.

5. You are Redeemed

“In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace” Ephesians 1:7 NIV

6. You are an Overcomer

“for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.” 1 John 5:4 NIV

7. You are Free.

So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. John 8:36

8. You are Chosen.

“But we ought always to thank God for you, brothers and sisters loved by the Lord, because God chose you as firstfruits to be saved through the sanctifying work of the Spirit and through belief in the truth.” 2 Thessalonians 2:13 NIV

9. You are Loved.

“See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.” 1 John 3:1

10. You are Different

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:2 NIV

11. You are Beautiful.

“You are altogether beautiful, my darling; there is no flaw in you.” Song of Songs 4:7 NIV

12. You are Saved.

“If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.” Romans 10:9-10 NIV

This is the final song from my list of songs about your Identity in Christ.

Whenever you feel the enemy creeping in and telling you lies, then sing any one of these worship songs and be reminded that you are a child of God and the enemy has no power over you!

You are a masterpiece created for a purpose.  Live in that truth and never forget who you are!

A beautiful printable of the scriptures listed above can be found here in my FREE Resource Library along with many other printables to help encourage you. 

Going Deeper

Singing these songs and listening to them has inspired me to take a further look at who we are in Christ.

I actually wrote a Bible study called: Who am I? Discover who you are in Christ.

The world tells us our identity is based on our work, our talents, our extracurricular activities, and our background. We often introduce ourselves by sharing our names and what we do for a living. We often change parts of who we are to fit into the world’s mould. But none of those things actually define who we are. We are not our jobs, our culture or even our relationships. We are made in the image of Christ and are called to so much more than what we can imagine. 

Join Anne Markey in a discovery of who we are in Christ and what we were made to do. Ditch the chains of expectations and base your identity in Christ and what matters most instead of what others think. With guided questions, real-life examples, and comparing scripture, discover what the Bible says about who we are. Stop striving to be what the world accepts and stand firm in who God has called you. Click here to get the study today.

How Does Knowing God Change me?

I have been a Christian for a long time and over the course of my life, God has changed me for the better. Click to read: How does knowing God change me?

I have been really enjoying thinking, reading, and writing about our identity in Christ. To continue with the blogging series, I have another guest blogger who joins us today. Jennifer writes to us all the way from South Africa. To learn more about her, read her bio at the end of this post, or check out her blog here. Today’s topic: How does Knowing God change me?

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How does Knowing God change me?

God has a history of changing and reconstructing people’s lives. It’s part of His nature to take weak, sinful human beings, and turn their lives around, transforming them into a better version of themselves.

The Old Testament holds the story of Moses—a murderer who became a leader, and Aaron – who made the golden calf but was later chosen as chief priest.

In the New Testament, Jesus left behind Him a wake of physically and spiritually transformed people, all bearing witness of what He had done for them: The Samaritan woman at the well, the woman caught in adultery, the thief on the cross, the two madmen at Gennaseret, lepers made whole, blind made to see, dead people raised. The very essence of the gospel is restoration.

Why does knowing God change me?

Someone once gave me an ugly old bookshelf, painted white. I placed little value on it, but one day I eyed it, wondering what lay beneath the white. I scraped away a bit of paint and found multiple layers of paint – green, blue, and yellow. Finally, beneath it all, I found beautiful wood.


Armed with a paint stripper, scraper, and sandpaper, I delegated my kids to clean up the miserable piece of woodwork. After a lot of hard work and a couple of coats of varnish, the transformed bookshelf looked amazing. It now stands proudly in my house, bearing my valuable books.

Why did I clean it up? Because I saw value in it. I saw something beneath all the layers of old paint.

Today it’s an object lesson of what God wants to do for me and you. Total transformation. Restoration. My bookshelf is not a brand new bookshelf, it’s a restored bookshelf. Restored to what its maker intended it to be before someone covered it with ugly paint.

This is what God wants to do for each one of us – restore us to what He intended us to be before sin smothered us in its ugly hues.

But how does He do that?

How does Knowing God change me?

For my bookshelf to be changed it had to submit to being scraped and cleaned. It’s an inanimate object, so it didn’t have a choice. But we have the choice to submit to God or not.

We can choose to allow God to do His work of transformation, or we can resist and stay the same.

While the Bible is full of stories of transformed people, not everyone who came into contact with Christ was changed.

Why some don’t Change

Some of the people that Jesus encountered did not change. Why is that?

Did God lack the power or the will to transform their lives?

No.

God could only change those who wanted to be changed.

Two of Jesus’ disciples are a perfect example of this: John and Judas.
Both spent 3 years with Jesus. Both walked with Him, learned from Him, and watched Him work with people, but only John changed from being a “son of thunder” to the disciple Jesus loved.

Judas ended up betraying Jesus.

They both had the same environment and opportunities, so why the difference?

They yielded to different things.

John yielded to Jesus, accepting His correction, allowing himself to be changed by Him. He yielded his resentful, ambitious temper to the molding power of Christ and was transformed.

Judas refused to humble his heart, yielding to his own inclinations because Christ’s teachings went against his desires and purposes. He cherished wrong thoughts and feelings until Satan had him in bondage.

Jesus could not override Judas’ choice. God needs our permission before He can transform our lives, but how do we give it?

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Surrendering to God

We give God permission to work in us when we surrender ourselves to Him. When we do, we can make an entire change in our lives.

Until you have given up yourself to Him you will not have a real self.

C. S. Lewis

But once we surrender ourselves to God, He gives us back our true selves. In fact, “the more God’s we become, the more ourselves we become—the self He had in mind when He thought of you before the creation of the world.” Stasi Eldredge, Becoming Myself, 23

I used to be extremely shy, only talking to strangers if they spoke to me first. I could never initiate a conversation with a stranger. I couldn’t make a phone call, never stood up for myself, cowered when someone came over strongly.

Interestingly enough, I covered up my deep shyness and fear of people by being boisterous and cheeky.

Enter God’s love

How did God’s love change me?

You are loved. Right here in this very moment, you are loved and pursued and seen by the One who sees everything. He knows you better than you know yourself, and you have never been a disappointment to Him.

Stasi Eldredge, Becoming Myself, 21

This kind of love has the power to transform. It is the agent of change.

As I knew God more deeply, surrendering my life to Him more fully, He revealed His love for me personally. Not the generic John 3:16 I had memorized since a child, but a personal revelation of my value to Him.

This changed me. (For more on this read What is the Source of Your Value?)

Knowing my value to God empowered me to surrender to Him more.

As I surrendered to Him more and began internalizing my personal worth and value to Him, He set me free of my fear of people.

I began expecting to be treated differently. I could confront someone who had hurt me. I lost my fear of strangers and the focus came off me. I could start a conversation with someone I’d never met before. The shackles of debilitating fear and anxiety fell away.

Sometimes I am tempted to fall back into my old ways but God quickly reminds me to “Stand fast in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage” (Galatians 5:1 KJV).

Does being changed by God mean I lose my personality?

Absolutely not. Surrendering to God, being changed by Him, refines our personality.

He makes it shine, bringing to the forefront of our talents and abilities so that He can use them to reach others.

I’m still an introvert. I still am reticent in the company of strangers, but when God moves on my heart to speak to someone I am not held back by the fear that once kept me in bondage. I can now speak in public without feeling nauseous from fear.

Just like I looked at my bookshelf and wanted more from it, so God looks at us and sees more. He receives us as we are, but He wants to change us, set us free from things that have held us in bondage all our lives.

God is love. And in the steady face of His love, we change, becoming more and more like Him..

Knowing and internalizing God’s love for who we are right now, empowers us to surrender ourselves to Him entirely.

When we do this, God gets to work and transforms us into a new creation.

For more on God’s love read How Our Perception of God’s Love Affects our Relationships.

Going Deeper

The world tells us we base our identity on our work, our talents, our extracurricular activities, and our background. We often introduce ourselves by sharing our names and what we do for a living. We often change parts of who we are to fit into the world’s mold. But none of those things actually define who we are. We are not our jobs, our culture, or even our relationships. We are made in the image of Christ and are called to do so much more than what we can imagine. 

In the comments below, share with us how knowing God Changed you.

Do you want more?

Do you want to read your bible more consistently? Do you want to know how to study the Bible on your own and know how to apply it to your life? 

You are a Christian woman who is dedicated to living a life for Christ. You want to read your bible every day, but sometimes you get distracted or are too tired to collect all the resources you need. 

It can be hard to figure it out on your own. 

That’s why I’m so excited to tell you about The Christian Growth Hub

The Christian Growth Hub is an online, monthly membership focused on helping Christian women read the Bible, understand it, and apply it to their lives. 

The Christian Growth Hub

The Christian Growth hub helps you in your faith by: 

  • Providing monthly Bible reading plans so you never have to think about what you’re going to read in the Bible next
  • Giving you on-demand training on how to understand the Bible and new monthly training on how to apply the Bible to a particular area of your life. 
  • Connects you to an online community to give you encouragement, support, and accountability

There are so many more features. Click here to learn more about them, and see what The Christian Growth Hub offers.

Why should we Know Who We Are in Christ

As a Christian, it is sometimes hard to know who we are and what we were created to do. Click to read Why It’s Important to Know Who We Are in Christ.

As a Christian, it is sometimes hard to know who we are and what we were created to do. That is why I wrote a blog series about our identity in Christ. This post has been written by Brooke Grangard. To learn more about her, please go to the end of the post to read her bio. Thank you, Brooke, for writing this wonderful piece called: Why It’s Important to Know Who We Are in Christ.

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An Illustration

I recently read a story about two baby boys born in Tokyo, Japan in 1953 who were switched at birth.* 

One of the babies was the biological son of poor parents but was instead raised in a wealthy family, while the biological son of wealthy parents was raised in poverty. It wasn’t until a DNA test was done 60+ years later that people knew the switch had occurred.

The man who should have been raised by wealthy parents was brought up by a single mother on welfare living in a 100-square foot apartment. He dropped out of school after junior high to work in a factory and help support his family.

At the same time, the other boy went home to a wealthy couple and was raised in a large home with a pond, childhood tutors, and a private education. This boy became the president of a real estate company. The hospital where the mix-up occurred was ordered to pay over $300,000 in compensation to the man who missed out on so many economic opportunities because of his upbringing. 

I wonder how this man felt upon hearing the news that he was, in fact, the son of a very rich man. Instead of struggling to make ends meet, he actually had the right to an affluent inheritance. 

In so many ways, this story is the story of us all. 

Why It’s Important to Know Who We Are in Christ

We are the children of the King of Kings. We have been welcomed into the richest, most powerful, and most loving family of all time. Because of our brother Jesus, we have the opportunity to be reunited with our Father. But do we truly live out of our new reality or do we continue to go through life as if we were orphans? 

3 reasons why it’s important to know who we are in Christ

1. It changes who we try to please

When I was in my mid-20s, God began to reveal to me that I was a slave to the opinions of others. I cared so much about what other people thought of me that it had crippled my ability to make some decisions for myself. 

Without realizing it, I was spending so much of my day wondering if I was pretty or funny or smart enough and if others were noticing me or not. I desperately wanted the attention of others. 

On the surface, you probably wouldn’t have known this about me, but when the Holy Spirit began to open my eyes, I knew I had a problem. Instead of being free to serve others around me, I was a slave to myself. I was living like a pauper even though I was the daughter of the King. 

My Efforts

Once I realized that I had this attention addiction, I wanted to get rid of it. I wanted to act out what I knew- not just know who we are in Christ.

I tried to replace those thoughts with positive thoughts. 

I tried to ignore the urges to care about what other people thought.

I was determined to dress and act as I wanted to, not as someone else expected me to, but in the end, I failed. 

No matter how hard I tried to rid myself of these compulsions, I still had the ache in my heart to be pleasing to those around me.

I went to the woman who was mentoring me at the time and explained what was happening. 

She suggested that I begin to take time every day to ask the Lord “how he sees me.” I needed to know who I was in Christ. 

I took her up on the advice and every day during my quiet times; I began asking God to show me what he thought of me, what he saw when he looked at me. 

God’s work in Me

Over the next couple of months, God spoke to me in all sorts of ways. It was like He was just waiting for me to ask that question.

Most often, He spoke to me through Bible verses that confirmed his love for me. “You are altogether lovely,” (Song of Solomon 4:7) and “Never will I leave you, never will I forsake you,” (Hebrews 13:5). These verses were whispered to my heart. 

At other times, God wooed me through songs on the radio, or even from lines in a movie. In very special and personal ways, He demonstrated His affection for me again and again.

And you know the amazing part? Once I became so full of God’s love, the desire to have the affirmation of everyone else began to fade away.

I began to notice that I was no longer constantly thinking about what others thought of me. I knew that I was loved, that I was pleasing, that I was cared for by my Father, and that was enough. I was free.

He had gently and lovingly guided me to know who we are in Christ.

2. We can live in Freedom

Galatians 5:1 says, “It is for freedom that Christ set us free.” 

We have already been set free. When we put our trust in Jesus, our shackles fall off, and we can walk away from all that enslaves us, but it’s not until we truly believe this that we can live as free people. 

In the year 1863, there was an executive order given by President Lincoln: The Emancipation Proclamation. Because of this new law, the status of 3.5 million slaves in America was changed from slave to that of a free person. 

This was indeed life-changing news! 

One large complication occurred with it all though. 

Some slaves, especially those in areas more removed from the Civil War battles, did not know this law had been passed.

 It wasn’t until June 19, 1865, that this proclamation was announced and enforced in more remote areas, particularly in Texas. So for nearly 2.5 years, many free men and women were still functioning as slaves.

It’s not simply enough to be freed, we must know and believe that we are free! We must know who we are in Christ.

If we don’t know this, we will continue to live like slaves. 

Even though Jesus had freed me from caring about the opinions of others, I was still living like a slave. It wasn’t until I was able to hear the heart of God for myself that I became convinced I was indeed free. 

Until we know this truth, we will be at the mercy of every condemning voice that comes along our path. 

3. We know who we belong to

If we are accused of being fat or ugly or stupid, we will be prone to believe it unless we know who we are or who we belong to.

If we are still convinced that we are impatient or ungracious or cynical, we have not yet realized that we were made for more.

We were fashioned in God’s image. 

He is not ugly or impatient or unkind.

 Sure, we can still choose these attributes even after we are Christians, but that is not what defines us.

 In 2 Corinthians 5:17, we read, “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away and the new has come.” This is good news!

If we find it hard to believe these words, it’s because we don’t yet know them to be true. We must lean into the love of the Father and let him show us how he sees us.  We need to know who we are in Christ.

The Bible says in 1 John 3:2 that when we see Him as He is, we will be like Him. In order to be like Jesus, we need to have a revelation of who He is. 

We need our eyes to be opened to see His gentleness, His respect, His sincerity, His kindness, His self-control. 

When we experience these characteristics that He possesses, we will want to possess them too. 

We will want the Holy Spirit to grow his fruits in our lives.

Inspired for More

I once had a Christian leader who was so loving and patient, so transparent and open. 

She invited me into her home and into her life. She shared her family and her meals with me as often as I requested. 

She changed my life. 

Just like Paul said in 1 Corinthians 11:1, “Follow me as I follow Christ.” I wanted to be like this leader because she inspired me. 

It wasn’t in what she taught me through her words; it was in how she loved me and in how she loved others. I experienced what was possible in the life of a Christian, and I wanted it. I asked God to make me like her, and I found that slowly but surely, He has. 

To dig deeper into your identity, I highly encourage you to get this bible study. Who am I? Discover who you are in Christ. Click here for more details.

Conclusion

When we know who we are in Christ and believe in the promises that God has for us, we have a firm foundation to stand on. 

When we know who we are in Christ changes our entire outlook, from how we view ourselves to how we view others and the world around us. 

The more that we know God’s love for us, the more that we are able to freely love others. The more we know who we are in Christ, the more firm we can stand. Once our cups are filled up by our Father then we will be able to overflow to those around us. 

We will no longer live as paupers or as slaves, we will live as children of the King who know that they have everything they need in him.

In the comments below, share why you think why it’s important to know who we are in Christ.

Do you want more?

Do you want to read your bible more consistently? Do you want to know how to study the Bible on your own and know how to apply it to your life? 

You are a Christian woman who is dedicated to living a life for Christ. You want to read your bible every day, but sometimes you get distracted or are too tired to collect all the resources you need. 

It can be hard to figure it out on your own. 

That’s why I’m so excited to tell you about The Christian Growth Hub

The Christian Growth Hub is an online, monthly membership focused on helping Christian women read the Bible, understand it, and apply it to their lives. 

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The Christian Growth hub helps you in your faith by: 

  • Providing monthly Bible reading plans so you never have to think about what you’re going to read in the Bible next
  • Giving you on-demand training on how to understand the Bible and new monthly training on how to apply the Bible to a particular area of your life. 
  • Connects you to an online community to give you encouragement, support, and accountability

There are so many more features. Click here to learn more about them, and see what The Christian Growth Hub offers.

Who I am in Christ as a woman

When I introduce myself to others, they always ask what I do. My answer is always the same. I am a stay at home mom. I may also add that I am married or that I help coordinate ladies’ bible study. More often then not, I am identified by the words: mom, wife, friend. Today, I want to explore who I am in Christ as a woman.

When I introduce myself to others, they always ask what I do. My answer is always the same. I am a stay-at-home mom. I may also add that I am married or that I help coordinate ladies’ bible study. More often than not, I am identified by the words: mom, wife, friend. Today, I want to explore who I am in Christ as a woman. 

Over the next couple of weeks, I will publish blog posts that all relate to the same subject. Who I am in Christ.

I mean this series to help us all understand what God sees when He looks at us and how that should affect the way we live. 

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Who I am in Christ as a woman: 5 things

1. Who I am in Christ as a woman: I am beautiful 

When I look at myself in the mirror, my first thought is not: wow, look how beautiful I am today. 

My first thought is probably about how crazy my hair looks, and my brain counting all my new grey hair. 

I am not sure why women are like this, but we are wired to believe we are ugly. 

This judgment we hold about ourselves is a complete double standard. 

When I see other women, I can easily see something about them that is beautiful. But, even if I have the same characteristic, I can never identify it in myself. 

As a woman of God, it’s important that I learn to measure myself by God’s standard and not my own. 

Ephesians 2:10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

This verse tells us we are God’s handiwork. Meaning He took time to make us and made us exactly how He intended. 

Looking at ourselves and calling ourselves ugly would be the same as walking right up to God and saying: You did a horrible job creating Me! What an ugly piece of work.

We would never dream to do that. 

And yet, every day, we put ourselves down and think of ourselves as less. 

So, next time you look yourself in the mirror, remember who created you and that He made you exactly how He intended to. 

And remember this verse

1 Sam 16:7 But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.

2. Who I am in Christ as a woman: I am loved 

Growing up, I knew my parents loved me. But, I don’t think I truly knew what that word could mean until I had kids. 

Love like a mother

There is something about having kids that opens up your heart. You are happy, sad, hurt and so much more for them. 

I was tested in patience, wisdom, grace and so much more. 

And yet, no matter what they do or how crazy my kids make me, I know I would do anything to protect them. 

My love for my children is just a small picture of God’s love for us. 

God’s love for us is bigger than we can understand. It is something that I am learning about every single day. 

The Bible shares with us some verses about God’s love for us. 

  • 1 John 3:1 See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.
  • Jeremiah 31:3 The LORD appeared to us in the past, saying: “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.
  • John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

Love like a spouse

Before I met the man of my dreams, I believed that no man could love me. I was too loud, not into fashion, hair or any of the “girly” things. So, when I met someone who loved me for who I was, I was a bit surprised. 

Here was this guy who knew how weird I really was and He still wanted to marry me. 

My husband’s love for me is another small picture of what God’s love for me is like. 

God created me and knows every single piece of me. 

Psalm 139:1-3; 13-15 1 You have searched me, Lord, and you know me. 2  You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. 3 You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways… 13 For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. 14  I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. 15 My frame was not hidden from you

God knows every single part of me and still loves me.

This knowledge blows me away. 

There is no one else who knows me so well or who loves me so completely. 

God’s love for me is what defines me and helps me focus on Him. 

3. Who I am in Christ as a woman: I am precious 

History has not been kind to women. It’s too easy to find instances of people taking advantage of women or hurting them. 

This history may lead some to believe that God does not value women as much as He does men. 

But this is simply not true. 

When I read the gospels, it’s so easy to find story after story about God’s love and care for women. Here are just 3 stories to get you started. 

If these stories don’t convince you that God values and loves women, here are some more verses. 

  • Galatians 3: 26-29 So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, 27 for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.
  • 1 Peter 2:9 But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; 

When we know that we are valued by God, it gives us the power to say no to being treated badly. It gives us the power to not settle for the love of a man who wants us to change. 

When we know our worth, we have true power and control over our actions and our future. 

4. Who I am in Christ as a woman: God calls me for more

Before I had kids, I was heavily involved in service. Every night of the week was booked with bible study or some type of service opportunity. 

I knew I was created to serve, and I was happy to do so. 

Once I had children, things changed. 

I was tied down at home with less flexibility and the ability to serve. 

I would sit in my apartment, holding my child and think that I was wasting time. I felt guilty that I was not doing more and not serving as much as I was before. 

failed to realize that I was serving God- it wasn’t what I was used to or in a way I was expecting. 

As women, we often link our identity to what we do or how we do it. But because we are saved, we need to remember that we were created to honour and glorify Him. 

We can do this while we serve others, or we can do this in our home and in all the actions we do. 

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5. Who I am in Christ as a woman: God sees me and what I do

When I first became a mother, I felt useless and like a complete failure. All I could see was what I could do before kids vs what I could do with this small baby in my arms. 

As a new mom, I was tired, emotional, confused and so much more. I had expected to serve like I had before I was a mother, but that was not the case. 

I also felt like I was wasting so much time and should be doing so much more. 

Over time, I realized that my thinking was all backward. 

It was never about how much I served or what I did. It was about who I was doing it all for. 

Whether I helped run a youth group or if I was changing diapers– if I was doing it for God then I was obeying Him and doing what He called me to do. 

If I did either of those things for other reasons, then it would not really matter. 

Colossians 3:23 (NKJV) And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men,

When I choose to serve my family like I would serve God- I am honouring God and He sees that. He sees my obedience in this season of life. He sees my heart and knows my needs. 

As a mother, there are so many thankless things that we do every day. 

Not getting that recognition is so hard. 

But, then I remember God sees everything I do. 

He sees how I treat my husband and He sees how I love my children. 

I can then choose to honour Him with my behaviour and attitude or not. 

Knowing that God sees everything I do has helped me admit that my role as a mother is just as important to Him as my role as a youth group leader, or a camp counsellor or any of the service hats I have worn over the years. 

I know God sees me and my identity is rooted in who I serve, not in how I serve. 

Do you want more?

Do you want to read your bible more consistently? Do you want to know how to study the Bible on your own and know how to apply it to your life? 

You are a Christian woman who is dedicated to living a life for Christ. You want to read your bible every day, but sometimes you get distracted or are too tired to collect all the resources you need. 

It can be hard to figure it out on your own. 

That’s why I’m so excited to tell you about The Christian Growth Hub

The Christian Growth Hub is an online, monthly membership focused on helping Christian women read the Bible, understand it, and apply it to their lives. 

The Christian Growth hub helps you in your faith by: 

  • Providing monthly Bible reading plans so you never have to think about what you’re going to read in the Bible next
  • Giving you on-demand training on how to understand the Bible and new monthly training on how to apply the Bible to a particular area of your life. 
  • Connects you to an online community to give you encouragement, support, and accountability

There are so many more features. Click here to learn more about them, and see what The Christian Growth Hub offers.

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Who in the Bible struggled with their identity?

One thing I love about the Bible is reading about sinful people and how God loved them and used them for His glory. When we read the stories, it’s easy to think they never struggled, but that’s not true. The only perfect person is Jesus. Everyone else had their struggles. In this post, I want to share with you who in the Bible struggled with their identity.

For the last couple of months, I have been sharing blog posts about our identity in Christ. To see all the blog posts click here.

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Who in the Bible struggled with their identity

There have been many times in my life when I struggled with my identity. Times when I didn’t know where I belonged or even what I was meant to be. There were many times I questioned who I was and the decisions I made. It brings me great comfort to read about people in the bible who struggled with some of the same issues I did.

Continue to read to discover who in the Bible struggled with their identity.

1. Rahab: How God rewarded her faith

There are some wonderful reasons we remember the story of Rahab. One of my favourites is that we see God change Rahab’s identity. We read her story in Joshua chapters 2 and 6.

The story of Rahab gives a glimpse into God’s plan to bring men and women from all nations into his chosen people by changing Rahab’s identity.

To read more click here.

2. Ruth: How God gave her a new heritage

My daughter’s favourite story in the Bible is the story of Ruth. The story has everything: adventure, romance, and intrigue.

What this story also has is a change of what Ruth was before, in Moab, and what she was after, in Bethlehem.

Click here to learn how God gave Ruth a new Identity.

3. Paul: How God changed his heart

Have you ever run into an old friend or someone from your past and you didn’t recognize them? Like there were some things that were familiar, but something was definitely different about them.

Or have you ever looked back in your own life and thought, I don’t even recognize myself?

Paul was there. When we first meet him he is on a mission to kill Christians. When Paul meets Jesus, he has a complete turnaround and is not recognizable.

To read more about his transformation click here.

4. Zacchaeus: How God changed his motives

From reading the gospels we learn very little about Zacchaeus. We learn he collected taxes and since it says he was a chief tax collector, that means he probably had people under him collecting taxes and getting a cut off the profits. 

We then see how he changes his motives from selfishness to true repentance.

To read more about his transformation click here.

5. Peter: How God changed his personality

Peter is one of my favourite people in the Bible (aside from Jesus of course). We know Peter for speaking his mind and confronting situations head-on. I can very much relate to this. I have gotten myself in trouble a time or two for what had come out of my mouth.

Even though Peter is so sure of himself and continues to stumble- Jesus still had a plan for Peter and still used him to build the universal Church.

To learn more about Peter and his transformation click here.

6. Mary: How God changed her reputation

Meeting God

We know that the word of God is powerful.

Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

We also know that Jesus was God’s incarnate and that meeting Him changed everything. I just shared with you 6 people who struggled with their identity but there are so many more examples of changed lives in the bible.

Do you want more?

Do you want to read your bible more consistently? Do you want to know how to study the Bible on your own and know how to apply it to your life? 

You are a Christian woman who is dedicated to living a life for Christ. You want to read your bible every day, but sometimes you get distracted or are too tired to collect all the resources you need. 

It can be hard to figure it out on your own. 

That’s why I’m so excited to tell you about The Christian Growth Hub

The Christian Growth Hub is an online, monthly membership focused on helping Christian women read the Bible, understand it, and apply it to their lives. 

The Christian Growth Hub helps you in your faith by: 

  • Providing monthly Bible reading plans so you never have to think about what you’re going to read in the Bible next
  • Giving you on-demand training on how to understand the Bible and new monthly training on how to apply the Bible to a particular area of your life. 
  • Connects you to an online community to give you encouragement, support, and accountability

There are so many more features. Click here to learn more about them, and see what The Christian Growth Hub offers.

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