In the first rally of the “Greater” conference, Muche Ukegbu points us to the wondrous ways in which God has made the world to grab our attentions and affections, but sin warps this awe to seek after the things of this world for contentment. He then explains that the things that capture our affections steer our lives. Because of this, we are looking for a sense of belonging and it has led to an identity crisis. Muche gives a solution to this crisis through 1 Peter 2:9-11:
But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. Once you were not a people, but now you are God's people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul.
God has given us a glorious identity that is corporate, precious, and purposeful. Corporate in its dignity and diversity; precious in God’s pursuit of us; and this glorious identity is purposeful in the transformation God gives us though it. Muche wraps it up with this fundamental conclusion: “The cornerstone of a secure identity is living out of seeing God rightly.”
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