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Who I am

There’s a song that I heard for the first time last week, and I have been listening to it consistently since then. I can’t get enough of this song. I have watched the music video multiple times, and I bought the album on iTunes and put it on my phone so I can listen to it whenever I want. The message of this song is incredible…and honestly it was a message that I was in need of being reminded of.

The message of this song talks about our identity. The reason the message of this song has spoken to me in such a powerful way is because my identity has gone through major changes…or at least I felt like it had.

Identity. We often define who we are…our identity…by what we do or what people think about us, good or bad. It is easy to look at what we do or what people think of us as defining who we are.

I often defined myself, and was defined by others as well, by several different labels. These labels were a result of my life; what I did for work, my home/family life, activities I enjoyed, and ways I acted or reacted. The labels that came with all of these different things were placed on me and that is what I used to define who I am…my identity.

But, what happens when the answers to those pieces of my life change, thus changing the labels placed upon me? Would that mean who I am has changed…do I suddenly change identities and become a different person? Or am I still myself, just in a different set of circumstances? How am I, and those who know me, supposed to define who I am when those kind of changes occur?

This song reminded me of the truth that who I am is more than the accumulated answers to those pieces of my life. Who I am is not defined by what I do or my current life circumstances. Who I am is bigger than that, and I just needed to be reminded of that again.

Here is the song that reminded me what I needed to remember…

No matter the bumps
No matter the bruises
No matter the scars
Still the truth is
The cross has made
The cross has made you flawless
No matter the hurt
Or how deep the wound is
No matter the pain
Still the truth is
The cross has made
The cross has made you flawless

Who I am has been defined by my creator and savior. I am who I am because of him and what he did for me, not because of my life or what I do myself. No matter the current situation I am in, and no matter how the questions about my life are currently answered, who I am is not defined by that.

I am created by God and because of his salvation I am a child of God. I am made righteous because of Jesus’ death and resurrection. I am who I am because of Christ. I am covered in his grace and mercy and love and salvation and righteousness. I am flawless because of the cross…whether or not I have certain labels assigned to me in life.

Yes, life is still hard and can bring pain. Yes, I still make mistakes and need God’s forgiveness and strength. Yes, I’m not perfect by ANY stretch of the imagination. And yes, I still will struggle through this life as I continue to learn what it means to live for God on a daily basis. But it’s not being perfect that makes me flawless. I’m made flawless because of Christ…because of what Jesus did for me on the cross. When I accepted that gift of salvation, I was made righteous before God through Christ. He takes on my flaws and presents me to God as flawless.

Life is hard, even when we are seeking to live for God and we are living in the truth that the cross makes us flawless. But, amidst all the hardships and pain that can come, there is so much peace and joy that is found in living for God as well as living in the truth of who I am before God because of the cross of Jesus Christ.

May I not define who I am by my life circumstances, but may I remember who I am is defined by Christ and his salvation. My you not define who you are by your life circumstances, but may you remember who you are is defined by Christ and his salvation. May we remember that who we are does not change when life circumstances change, but that through all of life’s up and downs we continue to be defined by God’s grace and salvation through Jesus. May we remember that whatever happens to us and whatever mistakes we make, God’s grace and salvation that we choose to accept for our lives means that before God we are flawless…may we remember it, may we cling to it, and may we seek to live our lives for God because of it.

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Remember that you were at that time separated from Christ…having no hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. – Ephesians 2:12-13

I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. – Galatians 2:20

God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God – 2 Corinthians 5:21

Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God – Romans 5:1-2

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. – 1 Peter 2:9

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Father. Speaker. Author of 'Blurred Vision' and 'Enough'. World Traveler. Passionate about searching, knowing, teaching, and living the truth of God's Word. Living in awe of God's Grace.

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