This is the seventh week of our discussion on my book, Sonshift: Everything Changes in the Father’s Embrace. Today, we’ll be looking at chapter six titled, “Identity Shift.”
I invite you to respond to some or all of these questions. Also, please give additional comments on the chapter that my questions don’t address. My only rules are that you’ve actually read the chapter and that your answers are brief. Okay, here we go!
Chapter Six: Identity Shift
In this chapter the author uses the Hans Christian Andersen fairytale, “The Ugly Duckling” to show the transformation that takes place when we finally see our true selves in Christ’s reflection.
Powerless religion has robbed us of our identity and kept us in the dark about who we really are, making us think we’re dirty sinners and worthless, even after coming to Christ. It’s the false humility of self-abasement, which is really another form of pride. But the real danger is, we become unwitting “volunteers in Satan’s prison camp.” It’s the worst form of identity theft known to mankind!
But, now, we’re starting to see our true reflection!
“Like with the ugly duckling, as the Father’s adopted sons [and daughters], co-heirs with Christ, we are starting to see our true reflection in what God says about us. As we see ourselves in Christ, we are being changed into the same image from glory to glory! Beloved, you are not an ugly duck; you are a beautiful swan!” (p. 139, Kindle loc. 2294)
- How do you relate to the ugly duckling story? Did you experience “ugly duck” Christianity? If so, how so?
- Why is seeing your true reflection important to your transformation in Christ?
- How do you relate to the section on identity theft? Why is identifying ourselves with Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection important to our identity in Christ?
- What are some of the ways we can unwitting become “volunteers in Satan’s prison camp?”
- How would you relate to the author’s description of being on the “wrong side of the Cross?” Why is this important to understanding our identity?
- Why is it important that we see our life as Christ’s own life, and that this is not simply positional but actual? What might seem to contradict this spiritual reality?
As before, if these questions didn’t address something you think is important, please add it in your comments. If you would like to make any comments offline, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!
Now, it’s your turn!