Who Am I?

Do you know this song by Casting Crowns? Who am I? It’s a song I love because it so accurately deals with who we are.

But who are we really? How do we, in this world full of self and characterised by ego-centric ideals, determine who we are? If you have been following any celebrity news, you may have come across the story of Bruce Jenner, famously associated with the Kardashian family. A man who has undergone gender reassignment because he has felt that he is more woman than man and now goes by the name of Caitlyn.

Of course, he is only one of many stories of this nature. The world we live in is crippled with self-doubt, self-loathing and in an attempt to correct these problems, reassigns its sense of self in order to find out who they really are.

Does this work? Does reassignment help anyone on their journey to working out who they are, why they are here, what purpose they have in life?

I can’t comment on the science, or the psychology of it. I’m not familiar with either of those things.

But we can turn to our Bibles to find out who we really are, and who we tell other people they are as well.

As we consider these verses in Ephesians, Paul was sure of who he was. And we can have this same certainty.

Do we always know our purpose? Maybe sometimes we do and sometimes we don’t. The seasons of our lives change and what we once knew to be our purpose shifts with the winds and we may not always understand that change or see where we are going.

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Paul had a job to do and he identifies that in verse 8 – but before we even get to working out a job description for ourselves or earthly purpose, we must first identify ourselves as Paul does. The most important part of our lives is not the job we do, or the role we fulfil in life, or what status or corporate position we attain.

No, the first thing we need to understand is what Paul outlines here: we are, by grace, the Lord’s people. Three times in these first 11 verses, Paul refers to the grace that has been so freely bestowed on him.

Above all, undeserving as we are, we have been bought with a price. We are co-heirs with Christ and we have received abundantly more than we could ever imagine. That is who we are. That is how we primarily define ourselves.

Because when we pass from this life to the next, whether or not we were CEO of a multi-million pound global corporation, or the Prime Minister, or any other person with status or glittering achievement will just not matter. Heaven will not be filled with people who bought their passage to eternity with their earthly accomplishments or hefty bank account.

We will be in the presence of the Lord because of Jesus. Because of grace.

But what of working out what to do with our lives? How do we find this elusive purpose that has generated books and courses, and devotionals, and countless other sources of guidance?

Well maybe it’s as simple as starting here:

The Westminster Catechism asks this: What is the chief end of man?

To glorify God and enjoy him forever.

THIS is the end goal. THIS is what the Lord wants from us. Our lives for his glory.

And when we willingly submit these things to him, when we glorify him, whether we are eating, drinking, or whatever we are doing, then we are surely in his will and on the right path. He will make your way known. Maybe not always as you would like, or in a time frame that best suits you, but this Almighty Creator God paid for you with the blood of his son. How precious you are.

That is who you are.

 

Thoughts for Today

 

  1. Paul describes himself as “the least of all the Lord’s people”. What do you think he means and what encouragement can we take from this phrase when we are searching for our own purposes in life?
  2. When we remember that is only grace that saves us, how does this help us to view our lives on earth differently?
  3. How do these verses help us in communicating to others the truths of the gospel?

 

Prayers for Today

 

  • Today we can thank God that we have a redeemer in Christ, and that we have been bought at a price.
  • Who are you hoping to tell about the good news of Jesus? How can you pray that these verses that show us the work of grace will help you?

Grace and Love

Helen x

 

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