God is calling you up! One of my favorite verses concerning the revelation of our identity is, “Let us keep living by the same standard to which we have attained” (Phil. 3:16).
I note a couple of things in this verse. First, we are to keep living. It doesn’t say that we are to keep dying (to the flesh or to the sinful nature some would claim you have). Secondly, we have already attained the standard of Jesus because we have died to our old self (once and for all) and we now live with Christ! We are to soar consistently on the outside because of who we already are on the inside.
The Greek word for sin is harmatia, which means, “missing the mark.” While this is biblically sound, I have a practical definition that I have adopted and can truly relate to. I define sin as trying to get spiritual life out of things or actions that are incapable of producing life. In other words anything you attempt to get a sense of worth, value or acceptance out of, other than God. In short, sin is the result of forgetting who you are or trying to get life out of dead things!
God has called you up, not down. Dying to the flesh is calling you down. Living with God is “living lighter today” and will raise you up.