In my devotions this morning it brought up the subject of identity:
“Many times we determine our identity by what others tell us about ourselves. You are so smart. You are a loser. You are so pretty. You could do anything you set your mind to. You are so ugly. You are so fat. After a while, those messages determine how we see ourselves, whether true or false. It is only a mature person who realizes that just because a person perceives you a certain way, doesn’t make that perception true.”
My mind began to think not just on how OTHERS perceive us, but on how we perceive ourselves. We go around asking “Who am I? Why am I here? What is my purpose?
Now those are good questions. But as Christians, we’re kind of missing the point.
The question isn’t “Who am I?” but “Who am I in Christ?“
The question isn’t “Why am I here?” but “Why did God put me here?”
The question isn’t “What is my purpose?” but “What would God have me do?”
As Christians, our entire existence is routed and grounded in Christ. He is our beginning and our end. Our creator, the giver of life, our direction and guide. We can become so focused on trying to determine who we want to be that we completely forget that we’re supposed to become the man or woman that God wants us to be. Men and women of Truth.
So who are we in Christ? Why did God put us here? What is our purpose?
Psalms 95:6 We are here to worship God, our creator and redeemer.
Isaiah 43:6-7 We are created to glorify God.
Matthew 5:13 We are the salt of the earth.
Matthew 5:14 We are the light of the world.
Matthew 5:48 We are to be perfect, even as Christ is perfect.
Mark 16:15 We are to share the gospel message.
John 1:12 We are children of God.
John 15:15 We are Christ’s friends.
Romans 12:2 We are to be different that the world around us.
John 15:16 We are chosen and appointed by Christ to bear His fruit.
I Corinthians 3:16 We are the temple of God. His Spirit dwells in us.
I Corinthians 12:27 We are members of the body of Christ.
2 Corinthians 5:17 We are new creations.
Ephesians 2:10 We are God’s workmanship created in Christ to do His work that He planned beforehand that we should do.
1 Timothy 4:12 We are to be an example to the world of true believers.
I read all that.. just a fraction of the wondrous truths God’s Word holds for us.. and I can’t help but feel absolutely.. just.. humbled. How can any of us feel depressed or unworthy.. Look! Just look at who God has made us to be! We are His wonderful creation. We are made, fashioned, designed, lovingly created just for Him.
He chose me.
He wants me.
And He has so much in store for me.
Alright, Lord. Who am I?
I am yours.