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Who Are You?

It is interesting that when someone is asked about themselves, they usually begin with their job, family, degrees earned, where they live or other traits. Some of us in ministry may focus on our church size, number of baptisms or even worship styles.

But is that what really defines us?

What if one day you were suddenly unable to perform your job duties?

What if your family were tragically lost?

What if your home was destroyed?

What would be your definition of who you are then?

 

If you are a child of God, your identity has already been secured.

Isaiah 49:16 says "I have engraved you in the palm of my hand"

Psalm 139:14 Shows that we are  "fearfully and wonderfully made"

Romans 5:1  reads, "Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ..."
Ephesians 2:10 reveals, "For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do".

Many times we try to hold on to past victories that we have accomplished rather than relying on Christ and His work in us.  At times we may even let our ego trump our abilities and proclaim ourselves as better than we really are. We may even use our family or friends to "name drop" and prove to others who we "know".

 

If there were anyone who had the right to brag it would be Jesus' half brother, James.  After all, Jesus was his brother! How can anyone find a better name to drop than that? However, James had a good grasp on his ego and instead revealed his heart. In the beginning of his writings he introduced himself as  "a servant of God and the Lord Jesus". Wow, what humility and a true servants heart.

From the opposite perspective, there are times we tend to view ourselves as less than what God created.

 

An great analogy of this is that of the pot and the potter.  The potter creates a vessel then puts a price on that vessel. The pot has no say in what it is.  As a matter of fact, it would be rude for the pot (the created) to tell the potter (the creator) what it is worth, don't you agree?

In today's self help society, there are many books about self esteem and "finding yourself".  However, the only real way to "find yourself" is to know who you are in Christ. If we understand who we are in Him, low self esteem or inflated egos will not be an issue.

These are my thoughts, what are yours?
Ronnie

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