When someone asks you the question, “Who are you?”, what do you reply? Most say, I am a housewife…psychiatrist(fill in your profession)…father.
Sometimes a role we play in life can become our main identity. Our world then actually revolves around this part of our life. … and this can make us feel pretty good about ourselves.
Super mom …world’s best dad… successful career person …accomplished musician … popular pastor…well-known writer…politician…beloved teacher…computer whiz…
These can all be good roles to play—or, they can hinder our growth and even lead to our downfall. When we start thinking the role we play is our main identity in life…who we are…our focus on Jesus and his plan for us can diminish…and pride can set in.
As Christians, we all have the same innate identity…we are followers of Christ. He will give us a different combination of gifts, have us grow with different experiences and situations, lead us into different roles, and give us opportunities to represent Him wherever we are and whatever we do.
But the bottom line is this: We are his children. That’s our main identity. That’s who we are… And nothing could be better. We need to keep that mindset and focus throughout our day, as this dramatically affects how we view the circumstances we experience…everyday.
Today, think about who you view yourself as. How has this affected your course in life? If you answer the question, “follower of and ambassador for Christ”, is this an intellectual answer only, or does it determine your thoughts, feelings, and actions in your experiences today? Make it your attitude that dramatically influences your day. Click here to share with the Stepping Stones community your perspective on “Who Are You?”
Father, thank you for the gifts and opportunities You’ve given me. Help me to always remember that I am, first and foremost, Your child … and to use these gifts and opportunities to honor You. May I never become prideful in anything I do. Help me to always remember that all good and perfect gifts come from You. I pray this and all prayers for the One who gives us our identity, Jesus Christ; and all God’s children say – AMEN!
So I have reason to be enthusiastic about all Christ Jesus has done through me in my service to God. Yet I dare not boast about anything except what Christ has done through me.
Over the years I have struggled emotionally, times of depression and periods of grief. I know the "old tapes" would play and I'd do my best to overcome… I would read a book or a philosophy of someone else and rewrite others' personal affirmations attempting to make them "fit" for me… they really didn't … most were written toward attaining worldly goals versus finding and fulfilling an identity in Christ ~ being a born again Christian, the Lord has taught me through His word and through the words of many fine believer's… finally, He gave me my own "identity" and the words of a prayer
“who am I…”
I am the child of The Sovereign King,
heir with the Crown Prince
in whom I am deeply loved,
completely forgiven, fully pleasing,
totally accepted and made whole.
I have it in writing….
signed in His Blood, and
sealed in my heart by His Spirit.
I am greatly blessed … to be a blessing…
a reflection of my Father’s love.
I embrace my lineage, my inheritance with
all of its rights, privileges and
responsibilities. I use my innate and
acquired gifts, talents and skills to glorify my Father as a natural outflow of my
gratitude and love for Him. He provides for my every need as the lilies of the field
and all things in my life, this day, this
hour this moment are as He ordains.
He equips, enables and compels me into
action as His ambassador in this world to
love and serve His purposes.
I delight to do His will.
Written through His gift of grace & inspiration
S Bell 2008