Lent Day 23 - Who Am I

Who Am I?

How do you answer that question?  Where do you get your significance, your value or do you feel like you don’t have any?  How about purpose?  Do you believe you have a purpose for being alive?  Have you ever asked yourself why you do the things you do, spend time the way you do, spend money the way you do, think about yourself the way you do, think about other people the way you do, react to others the way you do, worry about the things you worry about, get angry about the things you get angry about, get hurt by the things you are hurt by?  These thoughts, feelings, and behaviors reveal your belief about yourself.  Your perceived value, significance, and purpose in life . . . or lack thereof.  Your identity.  Who you think you are.

The way to see things as they really are is to see them the way God does.  Assuming you are a believer in Jesus Christ, this is what the God of creation, the eternal Father, says about you:  You are His child (born one), born of Him, born into His family.  He is your Father and He has freely bestowed on you, lavished on you, the greatness of His divine love.  (I John 2:29-3:1)

You have been adopted into His family.  Chosen by the Father “to be holy and blameless before Him”, having the same duties, privileges, and benefits as sons born into the family.  God chose you and brought you into His family “to the praise of the glory of His grace.”  (Eph. 1:4-6)

The Father continually proves His love for us “in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”  (Romans 5:8)   Jesus died in our place in order that God could “bless you with every spiritual blessing . . . in Christ.”  (Eph. 1:3)   In Christ, united with Him resulting in being identified with Him so closely as to have the same standing with the Father as Jesus, God’s Son!  So much so we can call the Father “Abba”, meaning dearest daddy!  (Rom. 8:15)  God identifies you with His Son and loves you just like He does His Son!  God gives us our true identity, having made clear our value to Him by suffering horribly and dying on our behalf.

If you are looking to find value and purpose anywhere else, you won’t find it.  Your identity is in Jesus Christ who is infinitely valuable.
 
By Tim Brown