Who are you? I remember a psychology class in college where the instructor said that each of us is at least 4 different people: 1) The person we think we are; 2) The person others think we are; 3) The person we think others think we are; and 4) The person we really are. But who are you? Really?
Will your family and/or back story tell us who you are? Will your successes or failures tell us who you are? How about your beliefs or behavior? Will your gender, race, or religion tell us who you are? What about your possessions? What about your potential? How about your academic achievement(s)? Your political affiliation, exercise regimen, or diet choices?
I suggest that the best way of answering the question, “who are you?” is by looking at the best selling book of all time. The Bible says that we are who the Creator says we are. He defines life, health, relationships, wholeness, success, failure, and potential for us.
But you respond, ok, but what does that really mean for me? Everyone says God loves me, but I struggle inside with a lot of mixed feelings. Does He hate me for things I think and feel or often do? Does He smile when things are going right in my life, but frown, get disappointed, or upset, when things go sour? What does really God think of me?
Before anyone comes to a right relationship with God, Scripture says He saw all of as: Condemned (John 3:18), Lost (Matthew 18:11; 2 Corinthians 4:3), Guilty (Romans 3:19), Spiritually dead (Ephesians 2:1-5), Alienated from Him (Ephesians 4:18), His enemies (Romans 5:10; Col 1:21), and as Children of wrath (Ephesians 2:3).
God saw us as condemned because we didn’t respond to the light He had give us; lost because we wandered down our own sinful paths; Guilty because we kept breaking His laws; spiritually dead because we had separated ourselves from Him; alienated, his enemies, and children of wrath because we kept choosing evil over goodness.
So God saw us as needing help; He saw we needed to be found; He saw we needed a substitute to take away our guilt; He saw us needing a second birth to make possible a restored relationship with Him; and He saw we needed reconciliation – the hostility between us and God removed. The book of Ephesians uses the phrase IN CHRIST, or a similar expression, 35 times. Consider how that phrase describes how God sees us when we put our faith, hope, and trust in Him.
Read Ephesians 1:3-14.
In the first fourteen verses of the first chapter of the New Testament book of Ephesians, the author of the book lists thirteen descriptions of our new relational status. I will highlight four here. Chosen (v 4); Adopted (v 5); Forgiven (v 7); and Honored (v 7-14)
Ephesians 1:3-14 asks nothing explicitly from us as hearers. But the implicit message suggests the application of imitation – we should do what the author Paul did – worship and praise God. As we cultivate the discipline of worship, we realize that God is not remote, but intimately involved with our daily lives. Grow devotionally. Take some time to consider what God has done for you…in Christ…and revel in your status as chosen-adopted-forgiven-and-honored.
Love is a verb,
©2015 by Mike Olejarz