When was the last time you really asked yourself who you are? Kerryn shares how easily we can define ourselves in other ways that are not the way God intended.
“So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ” (Galatians 3:26-27).
Nearly 30 years ago my hubby and I attended a grief counseling course that was recommended to us.
When I arrived I began squirming, as it was held in a funeral chapel!
The first exercise required us to be paired up with someone we didn’t know–further squirming!
The exercise was to ask the other person, “Who are you?” If they began to avoid the question, go off topic or start defensive humor we were to ask again, “Who are you?”
Take a moment to ask yourself this question. What would you say?
So, why was this particular question asked over and over again? It was to get past what we “do.” If we base who we are on what we “do” then we’re bound to experience grief due to loss of: health, job, income and youthfulness. Most things that we base ourselves on, and create our identity with, are actually peripheral things of what we do, our relationships, our successes and so on.
Who are you really? Forget all of the peripheral stuff. Go deeper!
WHO are you?
Who ARE you?
Who are YOU?
If we look at scripture there are literally hundreds of verses that describe who we are in Christ:
• new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17)
• child of God (Galatians 3:26)
• temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19)
• chosen race, royal priesthood, holy nation… called out of darkness into His marvelous light (1 Peter 2:9)
• His workmanship (Ephesians 2:10)
If we base who we are in Christ that will never change because Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. (Hebrews 13:8)
I’m glad I squirmed through that course many years ago, as it’s helped me with the illness journey I’m on now.
Prayer: Abba, thank You that I am Your child. Amen.
About the Author:
Kerryn Wright lives with her family among the gum trees in South Australia. She was a special education teacher prior to chronic illnesses. Her husband is carer for three of their family, who have chronic illnesses and disabilities. God has always guided them through life’s challenges, often in surprising ways.
Who are you? What arose for you, as you contemplated this? What verses help you most in knowing who you are in Christ?
Looking to dig deeper? Kerryn thought these scriptures may help you ask yourself who you are in Christ:
Open Bible: Who am I in Christ?
Joy Meyer: Knowing Who I am in Christ
Our Identity in Christ According to the Scriptures
This is Mark Shultz singing “You are a Child of Mine.” When we look at our life, our accomplishments–or what we see we lack–we can quickly feel like we don’t measure up to anyone–especially God. But that is not His truth, but satan’s lies. As you listen to this song, remember just how precious you truly are. . . simply because you are YOU. Love you… -Lisa