By that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. Hebrews 10:10
Understanding our identity as Christians is so important to living in grace. I’ve mentioned before that we are saints who sin. What do I mean by that? It means we are justified. Through the cross, we are sanctified. Jesus did it all in one perfect sacrifice.
Now we are invited to receive grace. Here’s an amazing thing about receiving grace. We begin to live in trust, and that increases us in grace.
I’ve learned so much about this. I have experienced the grace that comes from trusting others in who they are. I have experienced the grace that comes from trusting others with who I am. I’m not talking about the person that I intend to be, always feeling great and never having a problem or a bad day. I’m talking about the real person, the person I truly am.
This has been a lesson in freedom! It’s very freeing to be able to say to people, “This is who I am.” It allows me to mess up and not feel ashamed. Think about that. We don’t have to live in shame! This is huge! We can live in trust.
This is huge because I’m not perfect. I fail. I mess up. I have bad days. I cuss every now and then. Sometimes I get irritable. Sometimes I get frustrated. Sometimes I blow a fuse.
But I can trust my wife, my close friends and my children to say, “I know you messed up. It happens. It doesn’t change my opinion of you. I love you.”
I receive their grace, and it sanctifies me.
Jesus is the reason I can trust people with my imperfect self. He took all of our shame to the cross. Then He resurrected! He gave us new life!
Now, the same Spirit that lived in Him lives in me. Now, because of His death and resurrection, I am a righteous man. I am holy because Jesus is holy. He has set me free from sin and death. There is no condemnation! (Romans 8:1-4)
Through the sacrifice that Jesus made for us, we are righteous and holy in the eyes of God.
With this understanding, we can look at each other in trust. We have to! When we live in trust, we understand what it means to say that we have been sanctified. We are saints that sin.
That’s different from the identity of sinners that have been saved. The two perspectives are completely different. When you think of yourself as a sinner, you’re scared of sinning. You’re scared of being less than perfect. You know you have been saved, but that just feeds the shame of your sin.
When you live Biblically in who you are, then everything changes. God looks at you and He doesn’t see a sinner. He sees His precious child who is righteous and holy.
That’s why you don’t need to hide in your shame anymore. You’re sanctified! So when you mess up, that’s it. You mess up. You’re not perfect, because as long as you are in the flesh, the flesh will sin. So when you mess up (and you will), you say “I’m sorry” and then trust that you will receive grace. Not shame. Grace.
This is the freedom of life with Jesus. Now you have the freedom to say, “This is who I am,” and do you know what will happen? You will receive grace!
When shame starts causing you trouble, banish it. Say, “No! I am righteous!”
You will only be speaking the truth!