“So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God.”
- Ephesians 2:19
When you become a Christian your identity changes. Before you know Christ as Savior you are a stranger to the promises of God. Earlier in Ephesians 2:12 Paul writes, “remember that you were at that time separated from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world.”
Paul explains to the Ephesian church that when we trust in Christ, God changes our entire relationship with Him and the world. Instead of being alienated from God and His people, we are now close to Him and become one of His people. We are now saints, members of the household of God, and citizens of God’s kingdom. This means that when you trust in Christ as your Savior, God adopts you into His family. As a result, you become an heir with Christ of everything God has promised to Him. Through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ God has made it possible for our sins to be forgiven, thus making it possible for us to be brought near to God.
Your identity has changed and you are now a beloved member of God’s family and kingdom. But, in our world and culture there is pressure to find your identity in something else. Even though you are a Christian with a new identity, you may feel pressure and temptation to find your identity in one of the following:
What other people think about you
What you think about yourself
What you want to become
What you do for a living
Take some time and talk with your friends, co-workers, or family about the basis for your identity.
Tell each other where you find your identity (struggles, pressures, fears, etc)
Pray together and for one another that you will find your identity in Christ and not the world
Take turns reading Ephesians 2:19 out loud this way. “I __________ (your name), am no longer a stranger and alien, but I am a fellow citizen with the saints and members of the household of God.”
Make the commitment to read this verse each morning this week. Reminding yourself that you belong to God, He loves you, and He sent Christ to die for you.
Option #2: For families with children (Or for groups who want to do something different!)
Have each member of the family draw a self portrait. Then, have each person write down words that describe himself or herself on the paper. (help the little ones) After everyone has done this, take turns sharing what you wrote and why. Then read Ephesians 2:19-22.
After reading, point out that when we are saved, our identity changes. Talk about how we are more than just what we see, we are more than what wrote down. Talk about how God loves us and saves us, and that when we are saved become a part of God’s family.