“Advertising, this is Dianne.”
“Mom, I forgot my lunch, can you bring it to me?”
“Sister Dianne, would you be able to take charge of Sunday’s lunch?”
“Hi Dianne, would you be able to go across the street and check on my mom?”
“Mrs. Maddox, are we having Art today?”
Who do you say that I am?
Am I an employee? A co-worker? A wife, a daughter, a mother, a sister, a spiritual sister, a substitute teacher, a neighbor?
The answer is yes to all of the above.
But, what if all of these identities are stripped away? Then who am I? Do I have a core identity that never changes and isn’t based on one of my life roles?
The first step to finding the answers to these questions is to ask one more question…
Who Is Jesus?
Jesus asked his disciples, “Who do you say that I am?” Peter was spot on when he replied, “Thou art the Christ, the son of the Living God.” Now it’s our turn. Who do we say that Christ is?
Is He our God? Our Savior? Friend? Confidant? Protector? If we allow Him, He’s all of those things and more.
1 Peter 5:7 clearly states that we should cast all of our cares upon Jesus, because He cares for us. It’s not easy for a controlling person like me to give my cares up. To trust completely. But when I do get there from time to time, what a rest and relief I find. It’s in my power to have that every day, but I can be a stumbling block, even to myself.
Who Does Jesus Say That I Am?
Jesus says that I am a child of God. That will never change no matter what. But, it’s up to me to decide if I’m going to act like one—by patterning my life after my Father’s.
I chose to serve Him for the balance of my days. Am I living up to my promise? Do my actions show that I am a child of God? Would the person that called that advertising department where I worked know that there is something different about me? Do I hesitate when my neighbor’s daughter asks me to check on her mother? Do I pull my weight when it comes to church activities? Do the kids in the classroom feel a difference when they’re in my care? I hope so, but as scripture says, “We all fall short of the glory of God.”
In John 15:15, Jesus pays us a great compliment when He calls us friends.
“Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends…”
Am I being a good friend to Jesus? Am I living a life that He would approve of? Can He depend on me?
Have you ever had a friend who is undependable and/or never is the one to initiate contact? Are you the one who’s always reaching out? That’s an unhealthy relationship that most likely won’t last. Jesus is always reaching out to us…are we reaching out to Him?
Here’s a song that goes along with this idea. As you listen, may God bless you with an even deeper knowledge that (of all the things you are in life) you are most importantly a child of God!
This article has undergone ministry review and approval.