Have you ever thought about what defines you? For a long time, I was defined by my intellect (surprising, right?). I prided myself on my ability to rattle off rote facts or even my ability to persuade and change people’s thinking to fit my mold. I was proud that I could recite Longfellow off the top of my head or amaze my peers with my verbatim, Socratic definition of Rhetoric. Yeah, I know…I was a loser. Another time I was (and still struggle with this) defined by my looks. That’s an easy one in this culture. But even at my thinnest, at my prettiest, something was missing. That’s when I realized just how stupid it was for me to find my worth in something as fleeting as appearance or something as prideful as intellect. After all, there will always be someone prettier and someone smarter. That’s when I realized my self-worth could not be found in something measurable by man.
My worth is in Christ.
Your worth is in Christ.
God decided you were worth it when He sent His only son to die for you.
Now isn’t that better than worrying about having perfect makeup 24/7, being the smartest one in your intellectual circle, or being the best athlete?
This identity can never be taken from you. No matter what.
Now that is power.
What is living Radically Radiant?
It is understanding your immeasurable worth in Christ. It is understanding and believing wholeheartedly Romans 8:37-38
“We are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither life nor death, neither angels nor demons, neither the present or the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord”
NOTHING CAN SEPARATE US. Did you hear that? Nothing can separate us. I don’t know about you, but I am thankful beyond belief for that. Nothing I have done, nothing you have done can ever separate us from Christ once we have accepted Him as our Lord and Savior. Thank God, because I’ve made some pretty tough mistakes.
Living your life fearlessly, boldly, and radically for Christ.
Christ calls us to live our lives for Him. Romans 12:1-2 says, “Therefore, I urge you in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God-this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.”
Whoa. That is some strange language. Offer our bodies as sacrifices? When I first read that verse I pictured a volcano with men in loincloths all wailing around a fire in a circle while the virgin sacrifice was made.
Obviously, I was wrong. When Paul tells us to offer our bodies as living sacrifices, he means to no longer live your life to please yourself, but to please God. My favorite verse that highlights how we need to live our lives is Romans 4:1, “As a prisoner of the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received.”
Bam. Straight to the point.
As daughters of Christ, we have been charged to live a life to honor God. We will never measure up to the sacrifice of Christ’s death on our own, but it is our charge to live our lives focused on Christ, that means a life serving God. Our “good works” are not a way to get into heaven, but a byproduct of our love for the Lord.
One thing that I struggle with is evangelism. You won’t find me going up to a stranger on the beach and telling them that Jesus loves them. That has never been my strong suit. God has gifted me relationally. I build relationships and hope my love for Christ is evident. That was how I helped lead my brother, Luke, to Christ. We all have different gifts. My sister in law, Annie is strong where I am weak. She has a bold spirit and regularly witnesses to people. I encourage you to use your gifts to further Christ’s kingdom. If you have been gifted with the ability to relate with kids, teach Sunday school. If you can rally people to action as an encourager, find ways to encourage others through your walk with Christ.
To live your life radically radiant, means being empowered through your identity as a daughter of the King and then using your gifts to live your life worthy of the calling you have received passionately and fearlessly.
Let me know how you are using your gifts to further the kingdom, I’d love to hear from you!