It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh is of no avail.
According to Genesis 1:27, God created man in His image and created them male and female. Many in our culture deny the existence of God, and some folks even deny they have a specific gender or sexuality determined before they were born.
Some struggle with identity all their lives. People also struggle with their work identity, family identity, body shape, etc. They struggle to accept realities they are faced with.
Jesus once said that in order to have life, you must eat the flesh and drink the blood of the Son of Man. Those who do would be raised on the last day. Jesus said, “Do you take offense at this… It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh is no help at all” (John 6:63). Many of His disciples went away over these sayings.
We can all choose who or what will rule over our lives. Yet Jesus, the Son of God, says that the Spirit gives life; that the flesh is of no avail. Our worldly choices regarding identity cannot save us.
Christ beckons us out of our worldly identities to a spiritual identity in Him: in your baptism, you are made a child of God in Christ Jesus, in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. This offends the world, but for us who believe, Jesus, the bread of life, is life and salvation.
Lord, Heavenly Father, Your Son calls me to a life lived in You. Help me take joy in and trust that the identity You give me as Your very own child is best for me. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Rev. Christopher Truelsen
Christ Lutheran Church, Brownsburg, IN