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  • Writer's pictureJan Weihl

Spiritual Identity (Acts 11)

Updated: Jan 20, 2023

If someone asked you about your faith, your spiritual identity, how would you describe yourself? Would you describe your identify as the denomination you're affiliated with, the church you attend, or something else? How would you define your spiritual identity?

In Acts 11:26, it says "the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch."

The word "Christian," was first given to these worshippers of Jesus at Antioch by non-Christian Gentiles. It was meant to be a slam during a time that Christians had to flee one town after another due to persecution. But this church in Antioch gladly accepted the title of "Christian" as a badge of honor which literally means, follower of Christ.

Unfortunately today the word, "Christian," has taken on many different meanings, many of which have nothing to do with being a follower of Christ, dying to self, obeying His commands, and sharing His love with those around us.

But that is what I want my spiritual identity to be. That's how I want to be defined, as a follower of Christ, striving to die to self, obey His commands, live for Him daily, and show His love to others.

Will I do this perfectly? Absolutely not! In fact, many days I fail miserably. But if Jesus loved me enough to die in my place so that I could have eternal life, the least I can do is set out every day to follow and obey Him.

What about you? What is your spiritual identity?

Jan Weihl

Living Word Ministries

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