Who am I?
When I travel, this little blue book identifies me. It shows who I am, what my physical characteristics are to anyone who needs to know. Without it, I have a pretty difficult time proving my identity. If somehow I lost this personal identity, perhaps if it were stolen from me, I would have to report it. And then I’d have to go through all kinds of “red-tape” to prove and reclaim my identity. And sadly, in today’s world I would probably have to go through all kinds of damage control because of my stolen identity.
There’s an enemy that is out there, a thief just waiting every moment of every single day to steal, kill, and destroy. waiting for any and every opportunity he can find to steal my true identity – the reality of who I am in Christ.
So who am I?
I am Redeemed. My identity has been bought by Christ on the cross. Not only did He buy my identity back from the thief, but He gave it back to me. I am a new creation.
I am Righteous. It’s part of my restored identity, but not because of anything that I do. God sees me through His righteousness He lavishes on me. I am in right standing with Him.
I am Restored. I’m no longer living with the fallen identity I was born with. in fact, I’m just like the antique pieces of furniture we have. Most were discovered in pretty bad condition – scarred and beaten up by the world, broken parts, missing pieces, too many coats of paint and varnish trying to cover up the years. But with proper restoration, the pieces have been carefully and gently sanded and smoothed out. Loving attention has been lavished on each piece, stripping away the old and repairing the damaged parts. Each has been restored to a beautiful piece. And so have I. He has breathed new life into me.
I am Responsive. I continue to be amazed at the transformation, of how God continues to work in my life and reveals Himself to me. The more I know of Him, the more I want to know Him. I thirst to be filled by the Spirit as I read the Word, as I hear His Word, as I sing His praises. I want my ears, my mind, my heart to be open to His Word, so that He can breathe His life into me.
I am Refocused. If I am not intentional in my focus, then my mind is going to be fueled by thoughts that are not of Him. He has healed the lies I have believed. But I can’t let my guard down because those lies can creep right back in with the voices of the enemy. I am being intentional to listen for His voice, His Truths.
For this reason also, since the day we heard this, we haven’t stopped praying for you.
We are asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding,
so that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to Him, bearing fruit in every good work
and growing in the knowledge of God.
May you be strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might,
for all endurance and patience, with joy giving thanks to the Father, who has enabled you to share in the saints’ inheritance in the light.