I was reading today a blog entitled, “Wearing Many Hats; the Roles We Play” by Cyndi Sarnoff-Ross. She is a licensed psychotherapists and clinical psychologist in California. I want to give you a picture of what the world has been dealing with today, an area in your life that you are most likely contending with everyday. Have we lost our true identities?
“Yesterday was not unlike most of my days which are filled with many activities that take place at many different locations…I went from therapist, to friend, to mother and medical advocate for my child, daughter, book group member and forever the chauffeur. This is not unusual for most women today who are working moms.”
If Cyndi’s words stir up your thinking just a bit, about who you really are, then know that you’re not alone when you say, “WHO AM I ?”
As believers in Christ Jesus, we know that we are called Christians and we know our identity as “believers”. Do you know that, really? What was your thinking this past week when after getting off at work, you rushed to the ball field, picked up your son, drove to the pizza place to pick-up dinner, got home and fed the dog. Thenturned the oven on to pre-heat, changed your clothes while the oven got to 450 degrees, then made a quick salad, and yelled, “Dinner is ready!” Can we really know who we are in Jesus Christ at this crazy pace? It’s hard enough to develop a true relationship with our husbands, our wives, our kids, our neighbors and friends much less our relationship with God when we can’t take the time during the day for ourselves; “I just don’t have the time anymore”.
THE BLUEPRINT OF COLOSSIANS
Chapters 1:1 thru 2:23; shows us “What Christ has done”.
Chapters 3:1 thru 4:18; shows us “What Christians should do”.
I was reading in II Corinthians in my devotions and prayer this morning and as I was about to close my Bible when, I felt Holy Spirit was tugging at my ear to read a particular verse. After reading the verse, I felt I should share it on my FACEBOOK page.
“For we must all appear and be revealed as we are before the judgement seat of Christ, so that each one may receive [his pay] according to what he has done in the body, whether good or evil [considering what his purpose and motive have been, and what he has achieved, been busy with, and given himself and his attention to accomplishing]” (II Corinthians 5:10-AMPLIFIED).
The AMPLIFIED bracketed words were really poignant to “Who We Are Today!” topic. What is my purpose and motives of late, what have I achieved, been busy with, given attention to in accomplishing the things that I do? WHO AM I in Christ Jesus, REALLY?
I know than when your life seems closing in at times around you, going out shopping by yourself and getting something new to wear makes you feel better. You look in the mirror at the store, smile and sigh then say, “I look and feel like a new person.” Did you have the same reaction when you became a new believer in Jesus?
“Do not lie to one another, for you have stripped off the old (unregenerate) self with its evil practices. And have clothed yourselves with the new [spiritual self], which is [ever in the process of being] renewed and remolded into [fuller and more perfect knowledge upon] knowledge after the image (the likeness) of Him Who created it” (Colossians 3:9-10).
Those of us who are true [not “faux”] believers remember our salvation experience. Mine was August 16th, 1972 and I can remember the exact circumstances of my “born-again” experience. However, we forget about the ongoing experience of “renewing and remolding” process thereafter (Colossians 3:10; Romans 12:2). The process of being “renewed and in the knowledge of” Christ Jesus is never-ending. And yet in seeking our identities, in all that we do, we often feel NAKED at times. Remember the scene when after the fall of man in the Garden, Adam and Eve heard the Lord God walking in the cool of the day. They hid themselves behind the trees, hoping God wouldn’t know they had disobeyed Him and wouldn’t see them. Boy, that reminds me of my childhood when I disobeyed my mother and hid under mom and dad’s big bed. She would tell me, “You better get out of there, for the punishment will be more severe”.
Genesis 3:9-11 “But the Lord God called to Adam and said to him, Where are you? He [Adam] said, I heard you walking in the garden, and I was afraid because [ugh, ugh…] I was naked; and I hid myself. And He said, Who told you that you were naked?…”
“CLOTHES CAN MAKE THE MAN”
Have you ever heard of the above expression? What is it’s meaning?
“Refers to the fact that when people see a person look well-dressed, they assume that person is a professional, capable, and (especially in the old days) rich. Therefore, you had to dress like how you wanted to be perceived…” (Yahoo).
Looking today at myself and others around me in today’s society, we have pretty much thrown out the window that expression of “clothes make the man”. Now it’s, “I am who I am and if everyone else dresses this way, I am too!” How does Scripture say we are to dress?
“Clothe yourselves therefore, as God’s own chosen ones (His own picked representatives), [who are] purified and holy and well-beloved [by God Himself, by putting on behavior marked by] tender-hearted pity and mercy, kind feeling, a lowly opinion of yourselves, gentle ways, [and] patience [which is tireless and long-suffering, and has the power to endure whatever comes, with good temper]” (Colossians 3:12–AMPLIFIED).
That verse tells me that since I am a “spiritual man”, my clothing will demonstrate “power”; to endure adversity, no matter what, and others will see my true identity in Christ. Do you remember the story, “The Emperor’s New Clothes“? The emperor was convinced, if he was to put on these new clothes that the tailor had made, people would see him differently. He would be great and honored and known throughout the land. The problem was for the king, these new clothes were “invisible clothes”. When he went out with his “new clothes”, he was really NAKED! People laughed at him and whispered behind his back. “What kind of king would go out in the public…NAKED?” Yet, he had convinced himself that he had a new identity; though he was really naked.
Who are we today, to non-believers; the unsaved world? How do they really see in us? I hope they don’t see us NAKED as the emperor.
WHO AM I?
“Be gentle and forbearing with one another and, if one has a difference (a grievance or complaint) against another, readily pardoning each other; even as the Lord has [freely] forgiven you, so must you also [forgive]” (Colossians 3:13).
I have talked about our identity to unbelievers around us but how about our identities around other Christians? Who are we today to them…the “and…” in “Who Am I?”.
PART 2 in the blog will identify who “We Are Today” in the church.