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Your activity is not your identity
Pastor Mike Novotny
by Pastor Mike Novotny
May 19, 2024

Years ago I tapped into my Bible nerdery and tried to count all the names that Christians are called in the New Testament. In some verses, we are called “sinners,” “weak,” and “of little faith” while in other verses we are called “saints,” “strong,” and “loved” by the Lord.

For souls who are already perfect in Christ but not yet perfect in our behavior, this makes sense.

What shocked me, however, is the ratio of bad names to good names. If my unofficial tally is correct, I found 72 bad names (sinners, weak, etc.) in the New Testament and—you ready for this?—610 good names! 610! For every one time that God calls us “sinners,” nine times he calls us “saints”!

I wonder if this is what Paul alluded to when he wrote, “But where sin increased, grace increased all the more” (Romans 5:20). Yes, our sins are many, but his grace is more. Much, much, much more.

So as you go through the daily battle to deny self and honor God with your life, feel free to call yourself a sinner. The Bible does. But if you want to be biblically balanced, then call yourself all the other names too—Holy. Pure. Loved. Chosen. Justified. Sanctified. Redeemed. Blameless. Spotless.

That’s not me trying to make you feel better about yourself. That’s God reminding you of your incredible identity in Christ Jesus.