We are encouraged in our world to find our own identity. To either associate our lives with a certain label or to break free and create our own. But when you choose to follow Jesus, your identity shifts. The way you see yourself should change as well as the way that you see others. Just like in the Christmas movie The Santa Clause, when Scott puts on the Santa suit it changes everything about his life. So how does our identity shift as followers of Jesus and what does that mean for us?



The Santa Clause follows Scott Calvin as he now has the responsibility of carrying on Santa’s work, now that Santa has died in his front lawn.

So now that Scott has made the choice to put on the suit, what comes with that is the duty of continuing the work of Santa. Putting on the suit meant he was signing up for a new life. A life where he was no longer living for himself. Now
his life was completely focused on helping people all over the world.

For followers of Jesus, we have the same decision. The choice to follow Jesus, to put on the Jesus suit is the choice to sign up for a new life. A new mission where our focus is now on helping people all over the world.


He died for everyone so that those who receive his new life will no longer live for themselves. Instead, they will live for Christ, who died and was raised for them.

[2 Corinthians 5:15]

Following Jesus means that you are a completely new person. With new responsibilities. A new life. And a new mission.

So we have stopped evaluating others from a human point of view. At one time we thought of Christ merely from a human point of view. How differently we know him now! This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!

[2 Corinthians 5:16-17]

Those who follow Jesus no longer live for themselves.

Those who follow Jesus no longer look at others the same.

We are God’s mission.

And all of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to himself through Christ. And God has given us this task of reconciling people to him. For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people’s sins
against them. And he gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation. So we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, “Come back to God!”

[2 Corinthians 5:18-20]

Choosing Jesus means choosing his work.

As God’s partners, we beg you not to accept this marvelous gift of God’s kindness and then ignore it.

[2 Corinthians 6:1]


Application Questions

1. What stood out to you from this message and why?

2. What is one thing God is telling you to START doing because of this message?

3. What is one thing God is telling you to STOP doing because of this message?

4. How will this message change how you act at home, work and in the your relationships?