Week 3: Identity in Everyday Life
Today’s application: Knowing I am full of purpose changes how I live when I’ve lost the things important to me.
If you’ve found yourself in a season of life where you feel like you’re losing what you hold dear, this one’s for you. You may not know David Smallbone‘s face, but you might know his kids – for King & Country and Rebecca St. James. He’s been the manager and a driving force behind their music, but not before living a remarkable story of devastating loss and learning to root his identity in Christ.
Now, in his later years, he’s watching friends go through retirement, become empty nesters, or go through marriage trouble, but he firmly believes that no season of life is without beautiful and deep purpose.
David says, “How can I protect my grandchildren – these beautiful young boys? What I can do – I can impact the culture. It really has challenged me… I find myself this year more passionate about Jesus than I can ever remember. I’ve had a remarkable story.
I had a buddy come to me the other day and say, “My daughter came back from college and she used to be a Jesus follower, but she’s not sure about Jesus anymore.” I said, “I want to encourage you to tell your story. With all the challenges that you’ve been through, why are you so passionate about Jesus?” And he is! That’s what I want to encourage anyone who’s watching or listening to this – tell your story! When you start talking about Jesus, the Holy Spirit comes in and helps you with the words! A lot of the time we’re talking to somebody who needs to hear that word of encouragement. Get together with some buddies and talk about the challenges that you’re going through. If Jesus has done something wonderful in your life, talk about it!”
In the final and 3rd week of the World’s Biggest Small Group: Identity, we’re taking the truths we’ve learned and start applying them to everyday situations we face in life and culture. Here’s where you’ll see – our identity truly changes everything. The verse we’re thinking on this week is:
10 For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.
(Ephesians 2:10 New Living Translation)
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