Human beings were not designed for this world. Having been created in God’s image, humans were created to govern, but not to conform to worldly patterns. The challenge for humanity emanates from not knowing the spiritual identity. Just by establishing the true identity one begins to behave differently. Ordinary people conform to having their identities described by others.
This world is sustained by structural identities. Safety is found in whatever group the person belongs to. Even criminals, draw their safety under some structural identity. The so-called drug lords exist through some leadership structures. Their operations may exist in secretive activities, but they exist structurally.
This world demands belonging to some structural grouping, for purposes of survival. In Africa, most people are traditionally organized according to clans, tribes or communal villages. A physical human being feels comfortable and secure, as long as belonging to some group, even without justifiable reason.
When claiming to belong to some nationality, one would be reflecting the ignorance of his identity. My surname identifies me, but my identity has got nothing to do with my surname. The greatest discovery one could have is of knowing being God’s child, as to be alienated from those of this world.
The discovery of one’s identity is the greatest breakthrough ever revealed in this world. However, such a discovery throws an individual out of communication with his compatriots. The tendency is to agree with one’s compatriots, rather than with Jesus. This is where courage and tenacity are needed most.
“If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in him and he in God. And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him. In this way, love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the Day of Judgment because in this world we are like him. There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. We love because he first loved us” (1 John 4:15-19 NIV).
The one believing that Jesus is the Son of God ought to also believe, himself, also being God’s child. One is freed from the troubles of this world, even though still associated with the troubles of this world. Like Jesus, the person may be killed, although having been freed from physical turmoil.
After one discovers being God’s child, he finds it unnecessary to continue living in a physical body, which is prison-hood to humanity. When aware of having been created in God’s image, the person no longer craves physical existence. That person realizes being freer out of the physical body, than in the physical body.
“For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. If I am to go on living in the body, this will mean fruitful labour for me. Yet what shall I choose? I do not know! I am torn between the two: I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far: but it is more necessary for you that I remain in the body” (Philippians 1:21-24 NIV).
Paul desired to depart from the physical body and be with Christ. This should be the wish of every Christian believer. The value of a Christian believer is that of helping others to discover the gigantic mysteries of God’s Kingdom. But living in the physical body is also necessary for purposes of one’s own spiritual growth.