Our real identity is not in our “outer person” but in our “inner person”
2 Corinthians 4:16
We are spiritual beings who are temporarily clothed with the perishable & mortal,
but the time is coming when “this perishable will put on the imperishable,
and this mortal will put on immortality
1 Corinthians 15:53
When the Lord returns, what we are outwardly will be perfectly conformed to
the righteousness of Christ that has been imputed to us inwardly.
Until then, we must set our minds “p
on the things above, not on the things that are on earth
We must put to death the deeds of the body by walking in conscious dependence
In the power of the Spirit
We are inherently motivated to have our needs met,
but we must continually remind ourselves that they
have already been fully met in Christ.
This truth liberates us from the bondage of selfishness & pride.
This truth frees us from being grabbers & allows us to become givers
who expect & need nothing in return.
C. S. Lewis wrote:
“Our real, new self (which is Christ’s & also ours & yours just because it is His
will not come as long as we are looking for it.
It will come when we are looking for Him.…
Give up ourself & we will find our real self.
Lose our life and we will save it.…
Keep back nothing.
Nothing that we have not given away will ever be really ours.
Nothing in us that has not died will ever be raised from the dead.
Look for ourselves & we will find in the long run only hatred, loneliness,
despair, rage, ruin & decay.
But look for Christ & we will find Him & with Him everything else thrown in.”