Who Am I?
Do you ever find yourself asking that question? It’s a hard question to answer when you’re not sure you even know how to answer it, yet the world is bombarding you with its ideas of who you are… or better yet, who it thinks you should be. It often seems like the world has a better idea of who we are than we do, right? For the most part, the world will say it’s okay to have our own beliefs, convictions, worldview — as long as it doesn’t offend anyone whose belief system or lifestyle or worldview is different than ours. I’d venture to say most of us are comfortable with the trade-off because it essentially eliminates the possibility of confrontation with anything or anyone that might be opposing what we claim to believe. If we keep our mouths shut (because we don’t want to offend, of course!) we’ve avoided conflict, right?
We’ve somehow become very okay with blurred lines and undefined conviction, and I don’t know about you, but being “undefined” or “okay” doesn’t sound great to me. It sounds pretty “meh” if you ask me. Let’s challenge that! Let’s dive in and have the conviction to know who we are in Christ, what we believe, and how we are to define ourselves in Him!
2 Corinthians 5:17 — Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
Galatians 2:20 — I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.
Right off the bat — if you’ve made the decision to accept Jesus’s offer and gift of salvation, you are a NEW CREATION! Your sins have been forgiven, you’ve been given a new beginning, a new day. Your slate is clean — it’s time to start writing a story that clearly reflects God’s story in your life. Your life is not your own anymore — it is His!
John 1:12 — But to all who did receive Him, who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God.
Ephesians 1:5 — He predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of His will.
Ephesians 2:4-6 — But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ – by grace you have been saved – and raised us up with Him and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus.
Romans 8:17 — And if children, then heirs — heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with Him.
Colossians 1:13 — He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son.
2 Peter 1:4 — By which He has granted to us His precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire.
You are HIS CHOSEN CHILD! You are now part of God’s family and you can take part in His inheritance! He has taken you from the worst of the worst, from darkness to light, from slavery to freedom, from being chained by sin to being an heir of the kingdom.
Ephesians 5:8 — For at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light.
2 Timothy 1:9 — Who saved us and called us to a holy calling, not because of our words but because of His own purpose and grace, which He gave us in Christ Jesus before the ages began.
Acts 1:8 — But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.
James 1:22 — But be doers of the Word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.
1 Peter 2:11 — Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 — Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.
James 4:7 — Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
2 Corinthians 5:20 — Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making His appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.
Romans 12:2 — Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
Colossians 3:12-17 — Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.
Romans 8:37 — No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.
1 Peter 4:4 — Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.
You have been CALLED TO HOLINESS! God has given you a new life, a new hope, a new opportunity, and it should be reflected in the way you live your life. No more uncertainty or tip-toeing around sin. Sin is sin, and you have been called to light. You have been called to living a life that reflects the sacrifice Christ made.
Knowing who you are is so incredibly important, and knowing who you are in Christ is life-altering. The only way to know who you truly are, so you can be completely free to be who you are meant to be, is by studying God’s Word and knowing the way He sees and feels about you. There are so many other passages detailing who you are! I encourage you to keep looking, and keep asking God, “Who am I?” Let Him and His heart define you.
Jeremiah 9:23-24 — Thus says the Lord, “Let not the wise man boast in his wisdom, let not the might man boast in his might, let not the rich man boast in his riches, but let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the Lord who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth. For in these things I delight,” declares the Lord.