Our New Born Identity

The other night I was re-watching The Bourne Legacy. I’m a huge fan of the original Bourne trilogy with Matt Damon so this movie was right up my alley. I remember doing research after watching the third installment, The Bourne Ultimatum, and seeing what it would be like to be an FOO(Field Operations Officer) for the CIA. A lot of training, studying, background checking and waiting just to see if you even qualify for the program. Sounds like a huge hassle.

Still it would be cool to travel the world, speak multiple languages, know how to drive anything that moves, defeat assassins with no more than a ball point pin or a rolled up magazine. Having multiple identities/passports and a stash of secret cash in multiple foreign currencies at your disposal is also pretty gnarly.

During one scene in The Bourne Legacy Jeremy Renner’s character Aaron Cross is fleeing with Dr. Marta Shearing (Rachel Weisz) from her burning Maryland home. As they drive they’re being passed by multiple fire trucks and Cross tells Shearing “You’re June, June Monroe. Where are you from? Where was the last place you lived?” He’s forcing her to accept the situation and change her alibi in case they get caught.

Spoiler alert: they end up getting away but not without an epic chase scene at the end of the movie(as all Bourne films do).

It kinda got me thinking about how we’re often so quick to crumble under a little stress or to change our alibi when faced with a tough decision. When we’re up against the ropes it’s too easy to jump ship and claim anonymity.

And yet, the two characters had burned all their bridges(houses) and were on the run. They had no other option than to leave everything and flee.

To make a terrible illustration, we’re to give up any and all connections to our former lives before Christ. When we receive His redemption and are adopted as sons and daughters into His family (2 Corinthians 6:18) we must follow after His plan for our lives.

And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it. Luke 9:23-24

To be identified with Christ is to be given a new identity and new credentials because of Christ’s finished work on the cross.

I seriously didn’t think of this until just now but stick with me on this one, it’s great: we have a new Born Identity through Christ’s Supremacy which offers no Ultimatum but to follow in His Legacy.

*mic drop*

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Seriously though, if you haven’t seen these, do it.

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In-di-vid-u-al-i-ty. Boy, That’s A Mouthful

“If we were all the same it’d be a boring world.”

I tell that to people quite often when we’re discussing how different a certain person is. Isn’t it true though? You need only to drive into a recently finished neighborhood and see the cookie-cutter resemblance of all the houses to be thankful for how unique you are. That’s the beauty of individuality.

God made everyone with their own little quirk, their own personal oddity that makes them awesome. But we all know the “hard-to-be-arounds” don’t we? The ticking time bomb. Sometimes the smallest thing or comment can set them off and boy-howdy does it get ugly. They’ve got a case of the in-di-vid-u-al-i-ty.

It’s far too easy to point out what’s wrong with that other person but what about ourselves?

Far too often we can’t see the forest because we are the trees.

We, as Christians, want to be open and available to do His work but so often when God asks something of us we try to assert our own agenda where it doesn’t belong. For some crazy reason our individuality gets in the way and cuts off all potential for God to use us properly. We can’t be obedient because we think whatever it is that He asked of us should happen differently.

What does Jesus say?

“If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it.”              Luke 9:23-24

God wants to bring you into union with Himself, but unless you are willing to give up your right to yourself, He cannot.

Don’t be the foolish servant who wouldn’t put his talents to good use.

Don’t be the foolish prophet who ran the other way and spent 3 days in the belly of a fish.

Don’t be the foolish son who said “I can’t wait until you die, give me my inheritance now!”

All of this can be avoided when we swallow our pride, die to ourselves and are willing to do what He asks of us. Whether it be to work hard with what we’re given, speak up in a hostile environment or be patient and loving to those around us.

Our individuality must be yielded to God so that our spiritual life may be brought forth into fellowship with Him.

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