“who am I”?
Recently I blogged about busyness and you guys blew up my phone (love it). The response was very intriguing, therefore, I pose the question: are we are trying to find our identity in the busy stuff we do?
If we aren’t careful we’ll get so wrapped up in the “doing” that we forget about “being”.
From your feed back I was once again challenged to evaluate my own life in the light of His identity: who I am in Christ.
Perhaps the most valuable yet misunderstood treasure is our identity. Who we are! We’ve been told identity is found in labels, appearance, occupation, education, skill, where we live or what we drive! Finding our identity in Christ radically free us to be ok if we're "fluffy" at 50, have no labels to wear (we're thrifting freaks) or what we drive, my mini has 100,000 miles and she runs just fine y'all.
Dr. Charles Stanley with In Touch Ministries says,
“Trying to define yourself by possessions, accomplishments, or the way others perceive you often leads to disappointment. We were designed to live as God’s children, finding our ultimate fulfillment and contentment in His will for our lives.”
1- "He chose us in Him before the creation of the world” (Ephesians 1:4 NIV) In all reality, He. chose. YOU. He created you, He knew you and He chose you!
2- You were “included in Christ when you heard the message of truth ... when you believed, you were marked in Him with a seal” (Ephesians 1:13 NIV). Regardless of what we were, it becomes pointless in comparison to who we are in Him.
3- Through God’s grace, we have been made alive with Christ. “Now in Christ Jesus you have been brought near ... ” (Ephesians 2:13 NIV) “In Christ” frees us from being identified for anything less than a child of God. “In Christ” means you can be your true self, as children of God. True self: the you He designed in Christ!
4- “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do”. (Ephesians 2:10 NIV) Since we have surrendered our lives to Christ, we can experience a steady, constant, unruffled confidence IN Him.
You belong to Him, handmade for upstanding favor which was decided at the beginning; as in before you were born. Therefore, be the best you, in Christ, that you were created to be. You are marvelous!
(photo: "Swaller Rock" one of my favorite places in the mountains of WV)