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Thursday, April 5, 2012

Thoughtful Thursday: Who We Are


This week’s scripture, Ephesians 1:11 tells us quite clearly that:

“It’s in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for. Long before we first heard of Christ and got our hopes up, he had his eye on us, had designs on us for glorious living” (MSG).

So when we wonder to ourselves, “Who am I? What am I destined to become?” All we need to do is look to Christ and consider God’s relentless love.

Most translations reference our unity with Christ as gaining the inheritance of God.

“Furthermore, because we are united with Christ, we have received an inheritance from God, for he chose us in advance, and he makes everything work out according to his plan” (NLT).

Let’s consider it this way: If we were born as Donald Trump’s child, we would receive his inheritance. Because of his fame and fortune, I don’t think we would spend much time pondering and plodding through life wondering “who we were.” We’d know! “I’m the child of one of the richest men in the world. My life is secure and set. I won’t need to worry about how I’ll eat, or where I’ll go to college. I won’t ever have to wonder how I’ll pay the bills or survive in life, because my daddy had a plan set up for me the moment he found out I was conceived!” Being born to Donald Trump, we’d be certain who we are and probably never question it. And he’d already have our future planned out for us, and it wouldn’t stink!

“But friends, that’s exactly who we are: children of God” (1 John 3:2 MSG, emphasis mine)

So why, then, if we are chosen children of God, and who we are is determined by our inheritance of our Father, are we even wondering who we are? If we were children of Donald Trump, wouldn’t we stand proudly and declare, “I’m Donald Trump’s child!”? Wouldn’t we feel invincible, important even?

“Christ’s anointing teaches you the truth on everything you need to know about yourself and Him” (1 John 2:27).

What makes being an inheritor of Christ seem so much less than that then? Isn’t God the creator of everything, Who then handed it all over to Christ? And Christ says that we share in that inheritance! Do you even know what that means? Do you have the slightest idea who that makes you? Well, this scripture should give you an idea:

“The day is coming when the world is going to stand before a jury made up of followers of Jesus (that’s you and me!). If someday you are going to rule on the world’s fate, wouldn’t it be a good idea to practice on some of these smaller cases? Why would you ever entrust [yourself] to the judgment of people you don’t trust in any other way?” (1 Corinthians 6:2-4)

If we are that important, then why are we so eager to beat ourselves up and squander the inheritance of God’s Kingdom? Why are we still unhappy with who we are? Why can’t we see ourselves as the child of the Creator of Heaven and Earth, the One who calls all the shots?

In Medieval times, if you were born into royalty you knew that you would someday be the King or Queen. And today, as we seemingly idolize the royal family, don’t we expect them to uphold a certain way of living? Don’t we expect better from them than we do anyone else?

We are children of the King of ALL kings! We have a reputation to uphold. People are looking up to us as examples of God’s inheritors. We are the trend setters, not the world! We are the ones to be watched. We are ones they will remember when considering Christ for their own lives.

If we are fearful, fretful and faithless, how will we stand out from the rest of the world? Jesus said:

“Do you want to stand out? Then step down. Be a servant…If you're content to simply be yourself, your life will count for plenty” (Matthew 23:11).

The only way you’ll ever know who you are is by knowing who Christ is first. Once you know that, God can do great miracles in your life and you will see the real you begin to surface—and you’ll like that person…a LOT!

{How can you step down today in order to stand out? As a child of the King, how will you be a trend setter for the Kingdom?}

1 comment:

  1. We shine the brightest when we shine out to others. Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall be called the Sons Of God."Those who have insight will shine brightly like the brightness of the expanse of heaven, and those who lead the many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever.”

    Dan. 12:3
    It’s easy to take the starry heavens for granted. But walk outside on a cloudless night and the sight can be breathtaking. The brightest object discovered so far in the universe emits about 5 million-billon times more energy than the sun.

    (1) With six billion people on earth we seem to live in a universe of humanity. But God promises that the brightest stars are those with “insight,” who point others in the right direction. Constellations, planets and individual stars are essential for navigation. The same is true spiritually. People who know God and His ways are able to help others discover direction and destiny.


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