If I spent a day with you, what would I discover? If I took a 3-day train ride with you, how would I describe you when we arrived at the station?
Sacramental identity is the unique presence of Christ in you, a God-combo of your Psalm 139 knitting together and your baptism-day-Holy-Spirit washing. It is the predestined, divinely patented you, ordained by your Creator Father for His purposes in the world. In sacramental terms, it is the sacramental Jesus in you, the real presence of Jesus wrapped in your bread and wine.
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When Jesus lives in you–and you get that–you also want others to realize just how Jesus lives in them. It’s part of Jesus’ purpose for you: to see Christ formed in others (Galatians 4:19) so that they live out their sacramental calling, blessing both those inside and outside the Church. The Jesus living in you (sacramental faith) leads you to be the presence of Jesus in the world (sacramental faith lived out) so that the world experiences Jesus.
What are some ways to release the sacramental Jesus in your family and friends?
1. Remind them of their baptism, that regardless of their feelings or awareness, Jesus claimed them and gave them everything He ever did on that day. His presence in them is real. Sacramental.
2. Affirm the ways they bring blessing to the world. Point out where God’s grace bubbles out of their lives, bringing joy to those around them. Many of us fail to connect Jesus’ presence to joy. Sacramental.
3. Listen to their heart’s passion – when their eyes light up and voice increases — and circle that for them. Be a mirror to their soul so that they see Jesus in their soul. Sacramental.
4. Watch them work. Where do they self-start? Which direction does their compass routinely point? When are they apparently in an autonomic zone, obviously designed for that purpose? Sacramental.
5. Debrief after a difficulty. Forming Christ in sacramental entrepreneurs involves helping them learn to “be” in Christ since they tend to be action-oriented doers. Slow them down for some reflection time, a couple of timely, gut-grabbing questions, especially after a failure or struggle. Remind them of their place in the family so they don’t believe it a spot earned by their entrepreneurial success.
How are you currently identifying and developing the Christ in others? What do you need to sharpen to see Christ formed in others? What do you need to start doing that would help you see Christ formed in others?