We all have a name given to us at birth. It separates us from the 7,355,870,865 people and growing who are born at a rate of one every eight seconds worldwide. We are all unique. God made us that way and we are His gift to world. He created us, each one, to fulfill a purpose in His will.
Others often know us by our family, our jobs, or how we live our life. But how important is it to us to know exactly who we really are?
The gift of truly knowing oneself is priceless. To know what you would do or say in any given situation without fail would be nothing short of a miracle. Our human condition, with all our shortcomings, will never let us completely know ourselves.
But Jesus gives us a chance to know exactly who we are in Him. It is written in His Word. And if we accept who we are in Him, and live according to His knowledge of us, we can truly know who we are as believers.
Many books in the Bible tell us about who we are as believers in Christ. In Ephesians we see Paul writing from his prison cell about who he and we are in Jesus. I recommend reading the whole book, as it chock full of information on the subject.
The most familiar part is found in Ephesians 2:10:
“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”
We are God’s workmanship. He has a plan for every person. He cares for each of us, knowing every hair on our heads and every cell that ruins through our bodies.
In other verses, we find that nothing we can ever do past, present or future can ever separate us from His love. Absolutely nothing, as in Romans 8:38-39:
“For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
We are His children. Think of how much you love your children. Now multiply that by a love that is not restricted by bounds of human existence. Boundless. Infinite. Never-ending. A love that allowed for His only Son to live a human life, to suffer at our hand, to die a cruel and undeserving death, just so we could have the opportunity to live a life that He alone has chosen for us.
In 2 Corinthians 5:17 we find these words:
“Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.” We are no longer the same person. We have a new heart. A new mindset. A new way of living. And He is there to guide us. We are never alone anymore. We have the spirit of God to guide us, help us, and to protect us.
We are known as a friend to Jesus as a believer, as it says in John 15:15:
“I do not call you servants or slaves any longer, for the servant does not know what his master is doing. But I have called you My friends, because I have made known to you everything that I have heard from My Father. I have revealed to you everything that I have learned from Him.”
That’s what true friends do.
As believers we have peace. Peace in our hearts and peace with others. We gain perseverance and live with a new hope in our lives as mentioned in Romans 5:1-5:
“Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, Who has been given to us.”
We are a part of the body of Christ as stated by Paul in 1 Corinthians 12:27:
“You are Christ's body - that's who you are! You must never forget this. Only as you accept your part of that body does your "part" mean anything. You're familiar with some of the parts that God has formed in his church, which is His "body.”
That’s just a small sample of who you and I are, or can be, in Christ. We are an unstoppable force in the cause of Christ with all that God has given us through Him when following His will and plan for us.
That’s who you are, and there is nothing that can change who you are.
Be who you are. Use the passion in you to be all God says you are and watch the world change, one person at a time.
Give the gift of your positive “presence” this Christmas season. Be blessed.