“But if we don’t chase God to keep catching another glimpse of who we truly are, we will end up performing and living an artificial life to gain an inferior promise from the world. . . . Who we are is equivalent to who we belong to. As followers of Christ, you and I belong to an amazing Father called God.”- Heath Adamson
“Because we understand our fearful responsibility to the Lord, we work hard to persuade others. God knows we are sincere, and I hope you know this too.”- 2 Corinthians 5:11 (NLT)
In Chapter 6 (“God Speaks a Better Word”) of The Sacred Chase, Heath Adamson observes that asking a person’s name isn’t typically a mind-boggling question for any of us. But when Jesus asked the man called Legion what his name was, that question revealed an awful lot. Because, the man possessed no clue regarding his identity in Christ. Even though he’d overcome all excuses and started his sacred chase toward Jesus
Furthermore, Heath underscores, we don’t find our identity in who people perceive us to be. Or who we pretend to be. Consider Galatians 1:10 (ESV). The apostle Paul wrote — “For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ.”
As a result, when Jesus asked Legion his name, Jesus stressed His intention to speak directly to the person created in God’s image. Above all, Heath adds:
“There is a freedom that changes everything when we take our mind off our mask and let God into those areas he was aware of all along. . . . Can you imagine how vulnerable you need to be to look at God and admit you really don’t remember who you are anymore? . . . the man they called Legion . . . was able to articulate who he thought he was, rather than performing . When Jesus asked the man what his name was, he was trying to reorient the man to look toward what God thinks and says about him and finally let go of the lies he believed.”
Today’s question: What Scriptures help you to keep catching another glimpse of your identity in Christ? Please share.
Tomorrow’s blog: “A compass on our God-journey”