Identity Crisis-Perfect-Week 2
When you are building something that has any height, you have to follow this rule: The base must be wider, or bigger, than the top. If you build something that has a bigger top than its base, the structure will eventually fall. This is like a Jenga game where the top ends up bigger and heavier than the top. Eventually this wooden tower will fall.
It’s like this with your identity. Your foundation has to be built on something that is bigger than anything placed on top of it. When you place Jesus at the base of your Identity, you are placing the largest, most solid, thing you could ever place at the foundation of your identity.
We build on this foundation and through Christ, we are made perfect. In Hebrews 10:11-14 (ESV), Paul tells us, “And every priest stands daily at his service, offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God, waiting from that time until his enemies should be made a footstool for his feet. For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified.”
The priest before Jesus had to make sacrifices every day for the sins of the people. The lives of the people were built around these sacrifices and to make up for their sins. Think about it like this, how many times have you sinned in your life? How many sacrifices would you need to make?
When Jesus died on the cross, He took the place of these sacrifices. He was the perfect sacrifice. He had never sinned. He was God in the flesh. God took the punishment for our sacrifices. It’s through His sacrifice and His death, that we are forgiven. That wasn’t just for one sin. We were told before that the priest had to be standing all day and sacrificing all day, but here we’re told that after Christ’s sacrifice, he sat down at the right hand of God. He sat down saying it was finished. There is no need to sacrifice for our sin anymore. There’s nothing that you can do that can take away your sins, other than accept the forgiveness of Jesus.
Jesus’ one sacrifice has made us perfect. We are made perfect, not by anything that we can do or will do, but we are made perfect because of what Jesus did on the cross for us. This one sacrifice lasts for all time for all people, but we have to accept it. We need to have our base in Christ in order to be made perfect. Not the other way around. We can’t be perfect without Jesus as our base. It’s like a tower who’s top is bigger than its base.
So is the base of your identity bigger than your top? Or are you building your identity on your own works? Are you being made perfect? Or are you trying to make yourself perfect on your own?
Pastor Levi's thoughts on Christianity and Christians. I will try to update this every Monday.