27th October 2011

Who Are We Really?

“See how much our heavenly Father loves us, for He allows us to be called his children, and we really are!”
1 John 3:1 (NLT)

It’s been said that each of us is at least four different people:
The person we think we are.
The person others think we are.
The person we think others think we are.
The person we really are.
But just who are we really?

I think the answer to that question has got to be; “We are who God says we are!” It is not what we do that determines who we are. It is who we are that determines what we do. Sadly, whenever it comes to self worth, whenever it comes to our evaluation of ourselves, we look at the physical and not the spiritual. We put ourselves down, we think that our lives are a mess, we think we are not good enough and we get disappointed and sometimes depressed.

But the truth of the matter is that our amazing heavenly Father loves us and we are very precious to him. Not because of anything we have done but because of what Jesus has done for us! Paul tells us in his epistle to the church at Colosse; “Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits at God’s right hand in the place of honour and power. Let heaven fill your thoughts. Do not think only about things down here on earth. For you died when Christ died, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God. And when Christ, who is your real life, is revealed to the whole world, you will share in all that glory.” (Colossians 3:1-4 NLT). 

The Bible calls this a mystery but notice what this old Apostle tells us in verse 26 and 27 of chapter 1 in this letter. “The mystery that has been hidden throughout the ages and generations but has now been revealed to his saints. To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.” (NRSV). Isn’t that tremendous? We are privileged people. Not because of anything we deserve but because of who we are in Christ. I’d like to encourage you to see yourself through the eyes of our loving heavenly Father and finally, share a verse that I stumbled across in Psalms. “Those who look to Him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame. (Psalm 34:5 NIV).

Thank you, our tender, gracious Father, that we are precious to you because we are wrapped up in you and our glorious elder brother, Jesus.

Study by Cliff Neill

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