Who do you think you are?
Written by John Marino,
My daughters and I were driving in the car a while ago and heard a song that started a conversation. The song was telling us we were just beggars. While I know the truth, I was suddenly aware my girls were innocently singing along. I took the opportunity to reinforce their identity in Christ.
I reminded them that they are not beggars, they are daughters of God. They can come into the throne room of God boldly and “Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.” (Psalm 100:4)
How we see ourselves has a dramatic effect on how we interact with the world around us. How we see ourselves has an even more dramatic effect on how we interact with the God who made us. By understanding who we are in God’s eyes, we can come to an understanding of how to live our lives to His glory.
If we do not understand who we are in Christ, we will be inclined to allow the world to define us. Everything around us would have us believe we are nothing, but miserable failures and, shame ridden souls unworthy of love. God sees us in a different light, His light that shines on us from a cross on Calvary. We have value because the blood that paid for our sins was and is valuable. An old song states “if value, is made by the price that is paid, then His blood made a treasure of me”.
When we hear songs telling us we are nobody or just beggars in the presence of a king, we begin to believe a lie.
Romans 8:14-17 tells us
“14 For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. 15 The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” 16 The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. 17 Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ . . .” When we read verses like this, the attempted humility becomes unfortunate ignorance.
Often shame might cause us to think we are unworthy of love from God as if He doesn’t know what we had done. We are ashamed of past mistakes and believe God somehow holds those over us in judgment. The Bible tells us there is no condemnation in Christ.
“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, 2 because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death. 3 For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering.” Once you have repented for your sin, you are clean and whole through Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross.
“14 For by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy. 15 The Holy Spirit also testifies to us about this. First, he says: 16 “This is the covenant I will make with them after that time, says the Lord. I will put my laws in their hearts, and I will write them on their minds.” 17 Then he adds: “Their sins and lawless acts I will remember no more.”
One final thought. Just because we are forgiven and sons and daughters of God, does not mean we should abuse the Grace of God. It is a wise person who would heed the words found in Romans.
Romans 6:1-7, 11-14
1What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? 2 By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? 3 Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4 We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.
5 For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly also be united with him in a resurrection like his. 6 For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin— 7 because anyone who has died has been set free from sin.
11 In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. 12 Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires. 13 Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to him as an instrument of righteousness. 14 For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace.
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