Hi, Everyone! My name is Alyssa. I just wanted to share with you a little bit about what Christ means to me. Obviously to every Christian, Christ is our Salvation, but as I have matured in my relationship with Christ, He has become so much more to me. Christ has become my purpose, my motivation, and even my identity. To be honest, over the last couple of years, this has been a lesson that God has continually been teaching me, and I hope in sharing this post, you will be encouraged to grow in your relationship with Christ.
I feel that it is valuable for me to tell you the process through which God has brought me to such a conclusion about my identity in Christ. A few years ago, I had a friend, and my friendship with this person was not honoring to God. I became so focused on this person that I began to look to them for my self-worth and my value in life. This really put God on the back- burner, and that was just one of many red flags during this time period. I was not as passionate about God as I once had been, and I was constantly jeopardizing my relationships with family and friends. To tell you the truth I was just emotionally and spiritually drained, and at the same time, I was constantly moody. I even began passing out all the time. I knew that things needed to change, but I had gotten into such rough shape in my relationship with Christ that I had absolutely no idea where to start. Some of you may have gone through the same type of situation, and even if you haven’t, some of you might have felt the same way that I did. I tell you all this to explain to you just how amazing God is. He took me in my awful state, and He completely transformed my life. I want to share with you some of my experience in hopes that you too can experience the joy and excitement of the wonderful and sublime life that you can enjoy through Christ alone.
During that dark period of my life, as I mentioned, I tried to find my worth and identity in that friendship, but I soon found out that it would leave me empty and unfulfilled. Needless to say, that friendship ended after things started going down hill. Suddenly I found myself desperately searching for something new to grab hold of, something that could satisfy my need to feel special or valuable. I first looked to my health. I started exercising all of the time, and I was known as the healthy eater. I just wanted something that I could be in control of, or something that could define me. My focus on my health was excessive to say the least. Now don’t get me wrong, I still love healthy eating and exercise, but I no longer have such an obsession with that, and my motives for doing those things are totally different. Then I turned to school. I thought that if I got good grades, that would help me feel happy or content. That did not do the trick either. I went from one thing to another, and at every turn, I was left with something that made me feel worthless and meaningless.
So far things might be sounding grim, but it was not until I hit rock bottom that I found the one thing that could appease the emptiness that I felt inside- that was my relationship with Christ. I had a wonderful lady take me aside and spend an entire summer going through a Bible study with me. That Bible study really helped me to find my identity in Christ, and it revived my relationship with Him. I fell more in love with Christ than I had ever been before. It wasn’t until then that I really began to realize that my purpose in life was to live for Christ and point people to Him. In Matthew 10:39 Christ tells us that “he that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.” I looked to so many things to give m life meaning and purpose, but in the end, Christ was that purpose.
Today there is such a push for better self- esteem. Society is telling everyone that we should be happy and confident with who we are and that life is about making ourselves feel good. Can I tell you that nothing could be farther from the truth? We are not called to boost our self-esteem, we are called to bring honor and glory to Christ. What greater purpose and meaning could we have than to point people to Christ? What we need is not more self- confidence, we need more God- confidence. It is not about who you are; it is about Who Christ is and how He is working in you. When Jesus called the disciples, He said, “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.” (Matthew 16:24) Instead of focusing on our self-esteem, we can focus on our self denial. Christ is ALL that you need to feel content and satisfied, and I have to tell you that Christ gives your life more value than anything else you will ever turn to.
I looked everywhere to give my life purpose, value, and meaning. Every time, I was left feeling unsatisfied and empty. That was until I looked to Christ. I stopped focusing on myself, and focused on Christ. I cannot even being to describe to you the freedom that I found in giving it all to Christ. If you have not experienced the joy of complete surrender and fulfillment in Christ, then you are missing out. Christ gives your life meaning and worth, and living for Him is a wonderful experience. There is so much more I could say, but if you don’t get anything else from this post, I want to encourage you to find your identity in Christ. Look to Him for worth. Focus on self-denial instead of self-confidence. Learn to love Him deeper and more wonderfully than ever before. Christ has become my life, and I just wanted to share that with you. I hope, if He hasn’t already, that He is able to do the same in your life as well.