Although I was not born in the U.S, as a U.S citizen, I have the same rights and privileges as those born in the U.S. When I became a citizen; I didn’t change my name, ethnicity, or cultural background. What changed was that I now identify as a U.S. citizen instead of with my country of origin.
All personal forms of identification I now carry display my traits such as hair color, eye color, height, etc. These ID’s remind me that although I’m a citizen, what makes me, me, never changed. Many men live their lives, thinking they’re still citizens of this world, living by this world’s rules.
Many men believe that living a Christian life means we’re all to look, act, and behave the same. This idea is not accurate. God created you with unique abilities, skills, characteristics, and interests to express and use them in the right way.
As Kingdom citizens, we’re to live according to our new identity, not our old worthless one. We’re also not asked to give up our personality, what makes us, us. But instead, we’re to use all of our God-given talents, resources, and gifts for His glory.
Scripture tells us that God values his creation and acknowledges your uniqueness in Revelation 7:9. Today take the time to embrace your new identity and personality; instead of thinking, you must give one up over the other.
Carlos F. Peña is first and foremost a faithful follower of Christ and a devoted husband and father. Professionally he is a CEO, CMO, certified executive, leadership and life coach, business consultant, author, and entrepreneur for various companies he owns and operates. Over the years, Carlos has served in multiple leadership roles in business and ministry. Carlos is President and CMO of Pumped®, Inc., a brand development and design firm, CEO of Led to Lead®, a leadership, career, and business coaching company, and the founder and creator of the FX3® program. In ministry, he currently serves as Director of Men's Small Groups at Christ Fellowship in Miami, FL, focusing on discipleship. Carlos considers it his life's mission to help men discover and challenge them to be the men God desires them to be.
To learn more about Carlos, visit https://carlosfpena.com