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Who do you think you are?

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Who Do You Think You Are?

This question is often received as criticism, or even a challenge.  And its answers can range from boasting in ourselves to making us uncomfortable, or even ashamed.  They can span the gamut of making us feel satisfied, proud, or crush our self-confidence and self-esteem.

But the origin of our answer is key in understanding the heart of the matter.  We may answer things like I am a business person, parent, teacher, mechanic or musician.  But these things are often temporary when companies are downsized, children move away, school budgets are cut, and surgeries take away our gifts. 

So how do you answer, “Who are you?”  

The truth is, who we are affects how we live.  Let that soak in a minute.  Who I am affects how I live.  Does your answer now change?  Now what if we say, who we are affects how we live for the Kingdom!   

So what response should Christians offer?  The ideal is that Christians should imitate their role model, Jesus.  I know what you’re thinking - no one can be perfect like Christ.  While it is true that Christians cannot reach sinless perfection (blameless as used in Job 1:1), we can grow perfectly (mature as used in Philippians 3:15) in Christ.  Christians can and should strive and encourage others to claim and live out the identification they share with Christ Jesus.  This truth is given by Paul in Romans 6:1-10.  Paul explains that all who have been baptized with Christ in His death and burial, are also identified with Him in His resurrection.  The result is the bondage of sin has been broken and we are free to live like Christ in the resurrected life.  “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 – because anyone who has died has been set free from sin” (Romans 6:6-7). 

Even though we have been set free from our sin, in our current culture there seems to be endless attempts to put everything into terms of right or wrong, yes or no, conservative or liberal, and others.  The intent of many conversations is to prove that one person is right and the other is wrong.  Many people prefer talking at someone rather than with someone, with the objective being to prove an individual opinion rather than truth.  This can result in disagreement, and taken to its destructive extreme, anger and/or hatred can result.  So again, in today’s culture, who do you think you are? 

Christians are called to be light in the world.  Light.  And while it may seem like an unachievable task, the darker the world becomes, the easier it is to see light.  May we all worry less about our titles and get back to being light in an ever-darkening world.  We are brothers and sisters with Christ!  We are the sons and daughters of God. 

That’s who I am!  

 

Randy serves as an Elder at Life Church.  He leads a life group and the safety team.  Email him at 

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