Who are you?
Peering into the eyes of an old friend is such a satisfying experience. What a simple joy to see the light and beauty of all that they are
come streaming through the windows of their soul! On the other hand, have you ever met someone whose eyes seem vacant? You speak to them for a few minutes and find nothing there, -- no energy, no life, nothing of substance, and it is very sad. You might even be tempted to take their hand and look into the emptiness and say, ‘Friend, who are you?’
Answering the question of who you are is perhaps the most important question one will ever ask. Can you answer it with confidence? Not many people can.
The answer is not a simplistic one, but if you are a Christian it is a bit easier to understand. You are who you are on the basis of your identification. So tell me, with whom do you identify? Do you identify with a rock star or a television personality? Do you identify with your mother or your dad? Some people draw their sense of identity from suffering or shame, identifying most with those who have failed, or dropped out of the mainstream of society. Perhaps you identify with a future ideal of who you could be, or who you hope to become. Or, is your sense of identity drawn from your peers at the workplace?
Answering the question of who you are is perhaps the most important question one will ever ask. Can you answer it with confidence?
The Bible says, ’if anyone is in Christ he is a new creation. The old has passed away. Behold, all things are new. (2 Corinthians 5:17)” Understanding this to be a fact is essential. As a Christian, you are in Christ. That is now where you actually stand. Rooted. Grounded. Firm. In Christ. The ultimate significance of this standing cannot be overstated, for it is in this position, or posture, that you will live and breathe and find your being. It is in this position, steady and sure that your life cannot be rocked or thrown off course. In Christ, your sense of self is molded and developed by the Father, and as your understanding grows in regard to this holy posture, you will gain greater and greater confidence in understanding and apprehending just who you really are.
Seeing yourself standing in Christ is the place to find true hope. In fact, it is the only true hope that you or I may know. Christ, in you, means true satisfaction, hope, and life in the fullest.
Why is this so important? For many reasons. When your sense of being is sure, all of the outward circumstances that come to trouble you lose the weight they once levied upon your shoulders. Stress is eased, and life becomes more of an adventure than a burden. When daily distractions come to knock you off a healthy course they no longer have the power to disable you. They have lost their punch.
Your mind may ply you with many questions -- questions regarding unresolved dreams or desires. When you understand your true position in life, issues that once plagued you like a swarm of annoying gnats all of a sudden become non-issues, for Christ has taken precedence in your life. Your posture is Christ. You stand securely in Him.
As you stand firmly in Christ, you begin to understand that he is your life, not just in your life. It is then that the overcoming life begins. When you finally discover that you are in Him, you begin to see that you are perfect and complete. No, it is not your own perfectness, -- that is an illusion. It is the perfection of Christ. It is the image of God as seen through His Son, the Perfect one.
Seeing yourself standing in Christ is the place to find true hope. In fact, it is the only true hope that you or I may know. Christ, in you, means true satisfaction, hope, and life in the fullest. Once apprehended, you will never again have to ask, “who am I?”
You will know, and be filled with joy, the joy that continues to renew itself day by day.
This is life.
This is joy.
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