Read Romans 1:1-7.
The call to live loud for Christ, unashamed of the Gospel, is clear in Scripture. But how do we live with such boldness? The answer is threefold, and it comes from a close look at Romans 1 and the life of the apostle Paul.
Paul knew that his identity was in Christ, and nothing could take that away from him.
The first reason Paul could live unashamed of the Gospel was because he knew who he was and to whom he belonged. He knew that Jesus Christ was Lord, and He knew that he had been set apart by Him to be His apostle (vv. 1, 4). Paul knew that his identity was in Christ, and nothing could take that away from him.
In a day when so many people are mixed up about who they are, when it is fashionable to question your gender or define yourself by your political party, it is refreshing to see the apostle Paul hold so tightly to his blood-bought identity. He was not confused about what his purpose on earth was supposed to be. He knew his identity—he was a servant of Jesus Christ.
My beloved friends, this is the healthiest self-perception you can have. Remember, "You also are among those Gentiles who are called to belong to Jesus Christ" (v. 6). Firmly root yourself in this glorious identity today, and you will be anchored regardless of what opposition comes your way. Don't miss out on the peace that comes from knowing who and whose you are!
How do you define yourself? Does this align with who the Lord Jesus Christ says you are?
Prayer: God, thank You for making me Your child through Jesus Christ. Help me to rest my identity in this Truth and live a life that reflects Your transformational work in my heart. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.
"Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle and set apart for the gospel of God" (Romans 1:1).