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What is your True Identity?

Before I read a book, I usually wait until three people I respect recommends a good book. It did not take long for this book to be recommended multiple times. This book not only makes my Evernote book highlights list but it takes the prize of the best book of 2016. It is one that I have reviewed multiple times, and it is on my “read again” list.

Best Book of 2016

The winner of the best book of 2016 is: Union with Christ: The Way to Know and Enjoy God by Rankin Wilbourne.

As I coach leaders from around the world, there is a common theme of leadership identity. Some big questions are being asked and discussed.

Wilbourne writes, "Four fundamental questions: Who am I? Where am I headed? How will I get there? What can I hope for? Union with Christ answers each in a surprising way. It gives you a new identity, a new purpose, a new destiny, and renewed hope along the way."

Remembering and savoring our union with Christ brings these additional benefits to Kingdom leaders:

  1. Clarity about our identity. When our personhood is built on our union with Christ, we see the true-reality of who we are.
  2. Confidence to lead.  We no longer have anything to prove therefore, we have the power to influence without pride or insecurity.
  3. Freedom to speak the truth in love. When we are freed from people-pleasing, we can be messengers of loving truth-telling.
  4. Protection from burnout. We can get off the “I have to do it all” treadmill and focus on the tasks and people we are called to serve.
  5. Trust in the Gospel. When we are grounded in the good news, we can rely on the power of God to bring change in ourselves and others.
  6. Discipleship from the heart. We help people become more like Christ from the inside out while helping them use the means of grace at the same time.
  7. Increase of joy. When we know the security of being united with and in Christ, our true happiness overflows.

What benefits have you seen in your own life and leadership growing from your union with Christ? 

WisdomCharles Hooper, Jr.