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On Faith: Shaping perspective, identity

Having just enjoyed another fun-filled long weekend surrounding the 4th of July holiday, I think it would be good to reflect on 2 major aspects of the life of a true Christ-follower; perspective and identity.

What a great country we live in. We are among the most fortunate in the world. You don't have to look very far — geographically or historically — to be overwhelmed with the great fortune and opportunity that is The United States of America. Even with all our problems, polarization and pockets of poverty, we are privileged to live where we do, when we are.

For the Christian, our perspective should be invaded by gratitude for the relative peace and prosperity that we enjoy and should permeate our attitude and actions.

An even greater dynamic of the reality of the Christian life is in what, or rather in whom our identity is found.

For many, who they are, is shaped by or even defined by what they do, where they live or in the messages they received in their formative years from those in positions of influence.

Transcending the nature and nurture of individual distinctiveness, for the Christian, is a spiritual infusion of a new meaning of self. We are not our own — we are bought with a price. The Apostle Paul helps us with our new perspective and identity:

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Galatians 2:20 "I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.

Celebrating our national independence and learning to understand the birth of this nation and the on-going dilemma of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness is what Independence Day should be all about. Hopefully, in addition to camping, fishing, barbequing, and watching fireworks you took time to reflect on this great nation and its founding while enjoying some optimism for our future.

Hopefully as well, if you are a Christian, in addition to appreciating this great nation, you will take time to gain perspective through and find your identity in celebrating your true freedom and ultimate citizenship in heaven.

The Cross must always fly higher than the Flag.

Philippians 3:20 For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ; 21 who will transform the body of our humble state into conformity with the body of His glory, by the exertion of the power that He has even to subject all things to Himself.

Pastor Len Browning is the pastor The Journey at First Baptist in Craig.