Christianity 201

January 27, 2013

Who We Are In Christ

Today’s thoughts — and suggested song — are from the blog Weeping Into Dancing. (She began with the song, but we inverted the order.) The post at source — and this blog came recommended so I hope you click through — was called Remind Me of Who I Am.

Peter 2:9  But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness in to his wonderful light.

Dear Reader,
Do you ever ask God the following question? “Who am I to You?”

The Word tells us that we are many things to God, all of which are important, useful, and precious in His sight. Let’s begin with the awesome realization that we are the adopted children of the Most High, thanks to  the atoning blood of Jesus Christ. Yes the one and only God, the Creator of the universe is our Father!  That makes us royalty. Princes and princesses, every little girls dream come true. A kingdom, treasure, and highways paved with gold all come with the deal of being adopted into His family. Best of all, we get to interact with an Almighty King who loves us and wants to know us intimately.

A child of God, Check! Royalty, Double Check! Now consider the scripture verse I placed at the top of this post.  We are called a CHOSEN PEOPLE. That means you were preordained to be a part of God’s holy family. You have many brothers and sisters and more will be joining our spiritual family too. The time has not yet arrived when all whom He as preordained truly know Him as their Beloved.

Since we don’t want one family member, friend, wounded soul, or stranger to miss out on joining our family, we must hold on for a bit longer. He has already chosen them but they need a bit more convincing to lay aside the old for the new (so keep praying for the lost) What a gift it is to be a part of the people belonging to God!

The verse also calls us a Royal Priesthood. We are given the responsibility to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ (1 Pet 2:5) How then are we to offer “spiritual sacrifices” up to God? One way is by singing His praises with a thankful heart, even when every bone in our bodies is depressed and we don’t FEEL very happy or thankful. Leaving a comfortable and successful path in order to pursue a deeper and more meaningful life serving God is also a spiritual sacrifice. Trusting Him with our futures when the path is fuzzy and unclear qualifies and so does forgiving those who have wounded us.

We wounded individuals; a motley crew of social class, education, backgrounds, and survivors of many different hardships are united by the Love of one God!  He no longer calls us servants but friends, because a servant does not know the Master’s business. Yes,  you and I are His friend.  Jesus is teaching us everything He learned from God.  He is making all of His knowledge known to us, so we better listen up!

There are so many more ways you are connected and special to God. For now, I will close with the fact which states that we His workmanship. This is critical because I know there are many of you reading this post and feeling like you are worthless, untalented, ugly, unworthy, unforgivable, or hopeless and beyond repair, or of any use.

Hear me Dear Reader!!!!!! GOD DOES NOT CREATE JUNK! I HAVE SAID THIS BEFORE AND I WILL IT SAY IT AGAIN AND AGAIN. HE MADE YOU AND YOU ARE PERFECT IN HIS EYES. He is the master craftsman. You are a work of art, unique and valuable…priceless.

Isn’t it time you start seeing yourself as God’s ROYAL ADOPTED CHILD, FRIEND, WORKMANSHIP, MEMBER OF A ROYAL PRIESTHOOD, CHOSEN AND DEARLY BELOVED, AND A TREASURE AS DEUTERONOMY 7:6 REMINDS US.

DEUTERONOMY 7:6  For you are a people holy to the Lord your God. The Lord your God has chosen you out of all the peoples on the face of the earth to be His people, His treasured possession.

EPHESIANS 2:10  
For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

EPHESIANS  1:4-5  
For He chose us in Him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love He predestined us to be adopted as His sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with His pleasure and will-

JOHN 15:15  
I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his Master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from My Father I have made known to you.

When I lose my way and I forget my name
Remind me who I am
In the mirror all I see
Is who I don’t wanna be,
Remind me who I am.
In the loneliest places,
When I can’t remember what grace is…..

TELL ME ONCE AGAIN
WHO I AM TO YOU, WHO I AM TO YOU.
TELL ME LEST I FORGET WHO I AM TO YOU.
THAT I BELONG TO YOU.

When my heart is like a stone,
And I’m running far from home,
Remind me who I am.
When I can’t receive Your love,
Afraid I’ll never be enough,
Remind me who I am.

If I’m Your beloved, Can You help me believe it?
TELL ME ONCE AGAIN WHO I AM TO YOU.
WHO I AM TO YOU
LEST I FORGET THAT I
BELONG TO YOU.

4 Comments »

  1. Beautiful post. the reason for the Holy Spirit and for listening prayer is so that we can hear who we are. Think of Jesus’ baptism when the Spirit descended and Jesus HEARD the Father speak to him. “You are my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased.” Affirmation of his son by the Father.

    Comment by g. Hartwell — January 27, 2013 @ 11:55 pm | Reply

  2. I am a blood-bought, adopted child of the living, omnipotent, sovereign, creator God.
    Since He gave His most precious to redeem me, I am precious to Him.

    I think of the words of the last verse of Stuart Townend’s ‘How Deep the Father’s Love for us’
    I will not boast in anything:
    No gifts, no power, no wisdom.
    But I will boast in Jesus Christ,
    His death and resurrection.
    Why should I gain from His reward?
    I cannot give an answer.
    But this I know with all my heart –
    His wounds have paid my ransom!

    What an incredibly amazing triune God, that He should love me!

    Comment by meetingintheclouds — January 31, 2013 @ 4:41 pm | Reply

  3. Did you know that http://weepingintodancing.com moved to http://facingtrials.com

    I hope you visit!

    Comment by cherylz1961 — May 23, 2013 @ 9:58 pm | Reply

    • Thanks for drawing attention to this post. I didn’t realize the video had been taken offline, so we’ve corrected that. (And changed the original “He” to “She” !)

      Comment by paulthinkingoutloud — May 23, 2013 @ 10:25 pm | Reply


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