2 Cor 5:14-17 For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead: And [that] he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again. Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we [him] no more. Therefore if any man [be] in Christ, [he is] a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. (emphasis mine)
I was brought up being encouraged to make a ‘name’ for myself. At every stage, there is some kind of pressure, sometimes from parents, sometimes from peers, to distinguish myself from others.
Be the best player at sport
Wear branded clothes (status symbol)
Know the latest music
Graduate with honours
Get a prominent position at work (manager, etc.)
Well, I could argue that all the above is just a drive to do the best at what you do, but if I ask myself honestly, I cannot deny that there is that little desire to be ‘recognized’ by the achievements I get. It’s great to be the known as the best cricket player in school. It’s great to be among the top 10 students in the form. It’s great to be a ‘manager’ at the workplace.
I realize that all these ‘identities’ only feed the prideful nature in me that wants self glorification, which robs God of His rightful glory.
Why can’t we feed on a little achievement pride? Well, we could, if we were not sinners. When God made Adam, the first man, he (and mankind) was made to “rule over the earth”, but we lost that priviledge because of Adam’s (and subsequently ours) sin. The Lord Jesus, the Son of God, was “made lower than angels” to become the “last Adam”, to do what the “first Adam” failed to do. He went on to bear the sin of the world so that man can be reconcilied to God.
So we don’t have a right to boast, except in what Jesus has done for us.
To desire to be “known according to the flesh”, is to ask too much. All we need, is to be known as those saved by Christ.
That Jesus died for an individual constitutes the greatest thing that can be said of that person, and, to a truly spiritual understanding, the minor classifications of the human family cease before the overwhelming revelation. “Henceforth know we no man after the flesh.” He is only to be known as one for whom Jesus died. – Chafer, Lewis Sperry. “Salvation. Chapter Four.” The Bible Institute Colportage Association. Blue Letter Bible. 10 May 2004. 2012. 24 Aug 2012
I need to be content to be known as one for whom Jesus died. All positions and names I can make for myself in this world pale in comparison to be known as one who has the Son of God as my Lord, having His righteousness, and having him as my Heavenly Bridegroom. What could compare to that?!