who you are

who you are

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1 John 3:1-10
See how very much our Father loves us, for He calls us His children, and that is what we are! (v.1).

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The Lord did not set His heart on you and choose you because you were more numerous than other nations, for you were the smallest of all nations! Rather, it was simply that the Lord loves you (Deuteronomy 7:7-8).

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Write down words that you or others have said about yourself. Now make another list of what God says about you.

A confused, middle-aged man flagged down a bus driver in Seattle. He wore expensive clothes and spoke French, German, and English, but he did not know who he was. He remembered slices of his life: living in Slovakia, teaching English in China, and last night’s sleep in Discovery Park, but he could not remember his own name.

The authorities researched the man’s story on the Internet, and within five hours they had discovered that his name was Edward Lighthart. But learning his identity did not get Edward out of the woods. He looked at an old picture and could see beyond a doubt that he was Edward Lighthart, yet he couldn’t make the emotional and psychological connection with his identity. He struggled to own who he was.

Many of us can sympathize with his plight. We know intellectually that we are the children of God, adopted by grace into His family, and yet we emotionally relate to our Father as slaves who must earn His acceptance by our own effort. We mistakenly suppose that our integrity or servant’s heart attracted God’s attention, and so we try harder in a futile attempt to achieve what we can only receive.

We hear that we have “become a new person” in Christ so that “the old life is gone; a new life has begun” (2 Corinthians 5:17). We read that our “body is the temple of the Holy Spirit” (1 Corinthians 6:19). We learn that “we died and were buried with Christ” (Romans 6:4). But we look at our sin and can scarcely believe it.

Like Edward Lighthart, we need to continue to look at our true picture. Don’t be misled by what you have or have not done. Embrace your true identity. Own it. Then ask God for grace to become what you already are.

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13 Responses to “who you are”

  1. PeacewithinMe says:

    Amen, I will become what God has already made me to be… I claim it and I own it….. In Jesus precious name AMEN

  2. nandasfern says:

    This is one of my biggest challenges. I often feel undeserving to even pray to God because I havent dedicated much of my day to Him. I pray that I can open my heart to his grace and to this wonderful gift that surpasses everything. Amen.

  3. mike wittmer says:

    nandasfern:

    You have put your finger on the very thing that continually trips me up and so many other Christians. The truth is that we don’t deserve God or his grace, so that’s actually the best place to start. Whenever you feel undeserving, tell yourself you are now in the only possible place to receive the grace of God. It’s only when we feel deserving that we are truly lost.

    • mongais says:

      Nandesfern & Wittmer

      Thank you, I needed your comments. I’m not much of a talker, but many times I feel the same way and yes, His Given Grace was all because of His Given Love for us.

  4. Noe Meo says:

    Who is responsible for this work of art?

  5. ral says:

    Mike – Great devotion; thanks for sharing.

  6. maryanne_intia says:

    This strikes me directly…I always felt and thought that I could do something to “achieve” God’s grace…it is true- we will never be deserving of God’s love but through His mercy and grace we are saved. Great Devotional! I always check ourdailyjourney every morning before I start my work. Begin each day with God.

  7. ROSHAN says:

    A good devotional.

    It is always the work of the devil to let us down by initiating thoughts that we are always at wrong with our Creator. But, do not let this emotion over power you at any time. God is pure and holy and he is not somebody who puts a lid to your daily journey with him. He likes our companionship and knows us more than we know him.

  8. aries12 says:

    This devotional is really good, it reminds us that, who ever we are, we are his children, and as a children we must follow our father instruction.
    I also admit that I also find my self acting like that…
    and the I ask God’s grace……
    amen

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