Saturday, October 2, 2010
So, who are you?
"For in Him we live and move and have our being…." Acts 17:28a
I wonder if the most important question any of us can ever ask ourselves is, "Who am I?"
But it also seems like it's one of those questions that's always evolving. When we were younger, that question was easy; we would simply answer, "I'm a boy," or "I'm a girl." That was it, simple and easy to understand, and even easier to be. Then, before you knew it, we were teenagers and all those crazy hormones started kicking in and the struggle to describe who we are began. So...are we kids, or are we adults...or maybe we're just kids in adult bodies? Who are we?
"I'm a(n) _______ (fill in the blank)." I'm an...athlete, a student, a student athlete, a teacher, a student teacher, a graduate, a graduate assistant, a professor, employee, employer, trainee, intern, apprentice, journeyman...a man, woman, boyfriend, girlfriend, friend, fiancé, husband, wife, divorceé, cancer survivor, widow, mom, dad, stepmom, stepdad, stepbrother, stepsister, grandma, grandpa, veteran...a minister, a former such-and-such." Man, my head is spinning; how about yours?
You see, life happens, and it's a moving target, which means that at any time we can find ourselves holding several of these positions at once. And because of that, it's possible to lose focus and our ability to be very good at any one of these roles. So, how do we find stability in our constantly changing worlds? There's only One Way, and it's not found in us, but in Jesus Christ.
"Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on a rock." (Matthew 7:24)
He is the Rock described here in this verse, and if we're wise, we'll build our lives on Him and His Word. He is the only One who can bring a solid and steady foundation to our lives if we choose to place our identity solely upon Him. Now, I'm not saying that we just add the word "Christian" as a prefix to the above titles—that just seems so cheesy and phony. No, what I'm saying is that our identities should never, and I mean never be in what we do or in a role we play. The foundation of our identities should simply be that we're followers of Jesus Christ. You see, we've surrendered our lives to Him, which means that we can't reflect His light if we're always shining the light on ourselves. We can't be a reflection of Him, if we're always looking at ourselves in the mirror. It's sort of like what John the Baptist said about Jesus: "He must increase and I must decrease." (John 3:30)
So who are you? You are a child of God, the apple of His eye; and on top of that, you were fearfully and wonderfully made. So, let's choose to live today from the foundation of the unchanging position we hold every day: a follower of Jesus Christ, a child of God, a sold-out believer in the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords...the Author and the Finisher of our Faith.