I have been getting a lot of friend requests lately on Facebook from people whose names do not ring a bell. When this happens, one of the first things I do is click on the “About Me” portion of their profile. It is interesting to see what people will say about themselves when given the chance.
Most teenagers, when asked, “Who are you?” will answer with some sport they play or hobby they do. Common answers are, “I am a football player,” “I am a cheerleader” or “I like to draw.” The truth is, we are more than the sum of what we do or are involved in.
Adults do not do any better answering that question. Most identify themselves with their job. They would answer the question with something like “I am lawyer,” “I am a teacher” or “I work at a bank.”
Trying to answer the question is very difficult. Think about it. How would you answer the question, “Who are you?”
Most of us try to identify ourselves with a job or something we’re involved in, but that really does not say all that much about who we are. If that is the only place you look for identity, you will end up disappointed; because, in the long run, our jobs and our hobbies do not matter or last.
In the Bible, God has a lot to say about who we are. In Romans 8 we are told we are God’s children, bought by the blood of Jesus Christ, given the Spirit, and loved so much that nothing can separate us from His love. When we find our identity in those truths, our true identity matters and will last forever.
—Luke Bower, Baker Heights church bulletin, Abilene TX
I was the victim of a spam attack that emanated from my email. Many of you may have fallen victim to this nefarious scheme to lure unsuspecting people into the spammer’s web of deceit. Likewise, identity theft is a scourge in our land.
The comforting thing is that our Savior knows His own sheep. The Savior said, “I am the good shepherd; and I know My sheep, and am known by My own” (John 10:14). Gladly, no one can deceive Jesus (Colossians 2:3). When He returns to take His own to heaven, no one will be left behind or travel as someone else (John 14:1-6).
Everyone will be judged by their one works (Revelation 20:13; Ezekiel 18:19-20). No one will be able to slip through in disguise because God cannot be mocked (Galatians 6:7).
We can relax and realize that no matter what man does to us, God will always be there (Hebrews 13:5). In our age, we can include thieves, criminals and spammers in the promise of God:
“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written: “For Your sake we are killed all day long; We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.” Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:35-39).
What can man do to us? We have the Almighty God on our side! Praise be to God!
My long-term effectiveness depends on my not being recognized for who I really am.