How we see ourselves as dads affects how our children see Christ in us. According to Eric Wallace of Uniting Church and Home, the joy we find in understanding our true identity in Christ prepares us to love and lead our families well.

“If you don’t get it first, you have a hard time leading someone on a journey you haven’t been on yourself.” 

Eric discusses with Mike his experience in helping others rediscover their identity in Christ on The Noble Man Podcast Episode 57. It’s common to read through the scriptures and feel our righteousness is based on performance, but Eric is passionate about helping us understand that what we have is already complete in Christ.

“We’re always looking for the formula. We’re looking for what we need to do, and we do it. The reality is God wants us to see what He has done.”

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” I Corinthians 5:17 

Eric outlines 7 identity statements from the Word on who we are as new creations in Christ: 

  1. I am a new creation in Christ. 
  1. I am hidden in Christ. 
  1. I am forgiven. 
  1. My righteousness is in Christ. 
  1. I am dead to sin. 
  1. I am a branch. 
  1. I am an ambassador. 

“My performance does not earn me righteousness. It doesn’t make my identity better. What I have is already complete in Christ.” We were wired by God to seek joy, and that joy can be found in Him alone. As dads, ask God to help you find that joy in salvation. Joy in knowing your identity in Him will help draw your children to this Savior that you love and trust. 

Resources: 

Uniting Church and Home 

Ephesians Bible Studies – Defined: Who God Says You Are – Kendrick Brothers 

Noble Warriors Resources on Identity 

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