Who Am I?
January 18, 2022
“What is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him? Yet you made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor. You have given him dominion over the works of your hands; you have put all things under his feet” (Psalm 8:4-6, ESV).
Last night I went to bed stressed over a basketball loss by my favorite college team. The same night I received an accidental call from a young patient dying from brain cancer, sat with my wife discussing our upcoming mission trip to Albania, stood frustrated by a daughter who was not answering my phone call, typed a text to a friend who would soon be released from federal parole and read the seventh chapter of Mark that spoke of evil thoughts within us, recognizing myself. I realized that all of these experiences point to profound centers of my personhood. Each is deep and valuable. Each can honor or disparage my Lord. Who the heck am I?
A new year is upon us. Who will I be when I walk through it?
It’s somewhat complicated to sort out who I really am, and it’s probably important that I gain some glimpse of my identity so that I might live it out authentically. Perhaps the Bible has me figured out.
So, who am I?
- Child of God: Psalm 82:6
- Created in the image of God: Genesis 1:26
- Born a sinner: Romans 3:23
- Saved by grace: Ephesians 2:8-9
- Righteous but pestered by sin: Romans 7:15
- Created with purpose: Ephesians 2:10
- Dead: Colossians 3:3
- Alive forever: Colossians 3:4
- Safe: John 6:39
- Disciple: Luke 9:23
- Voluntary slave: 1 Corinthians 7:22
- Ambassador for Christ: 2 Corinthians 5:20
- Evangelist: Matthew 28:19-20
- Friend of Christ: John 15:15
- One with whom God walks: Leviticus 26:12
- Husband: Ephesians 5:25
- Father: Ephesians 6:4
- Physician: Mark 5:26
- Church leader: 1 Timothy 4:16
If this is who I am, how then shall I live so that all these centers of personhood mold together into one identifiable follower of Christ?
Hold together all the parts of me, so that I might honor you.