Who are you?
Have you ever had someone say, “Tell us about yourself!” Did you immediately respond with your profession, marital status, and the number of kids running around the house?
That phrase used to make me uncomfortable. I didn’t want anyone to know anything about me. I feared rejection. I was still that shy girl who lived in the midst of fear where molestation, verbal abuse, and manipulation taught me that acceptance was conditional.
As a result, my early adult years were lonely until I found Christ. I wish I could say my life became emotionally realigned, but it took years to embrace God’s, unconditional love. I finally realized, what was done to me didn’t compare to what was done for me.
Jesus Redeems More Than Our Soul
Jesus redeemed our souls, but He also redeems the secret places in our hearts. Back in the day, it was called sanctification—a fancy word that isn’t used much, today. Some theologians may offer a philosophical view of this supernatural process, but I see sanctification as, “living God’s perspective” by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Sanctification may sound like an old-fashioned word that evokes restriction, but it’s a forward-thinking view that leads to fulfillment and freedom in Christ.
When we live God’s perspective, our lives are no longer paralyzed by our past, present, or future. Sanctification is like a spiritual detox that removes the wreckage that has held us back from living beyond brokenness. Sanctification helps us find God-size living.
So, who are you?
Are you living with brokenness? If you are dear sister or brother in Christ, God is for you. God loves you. God sees you, and God wants to help you move beyond the aftermath of brokenness.
Take an introspective look at your life. How has God designed you? Perhaps, you feel there’s a disconnection between God’s vision and your vision. You might think, Marisa, I don’t want to pretend I’m someone I’m not. That’s not honest or authentic.
Yes, be honest with yourself, but exercise your faith to see who God has called you to be. Give your redemptive heart freedom to explore, and accept God’s vision for you. Embrace who you are in Christ. Own it, breathe it, develop it, and live it. It’s not arrogance; it’s faith.
“Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.”
Hebrews 11:1 (New Living Translation)
Live God’s Perspective
When you embrace who you are in Christ, you will find direction and confidence. It may feel as if you’re wearing oversized shoes. You may wobble every step of the way. You may lose your balance and even fall, but God will use your journey to sanctify you. You’ll live God’s perspective by the power of the Holy Spirit.
“…for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.”
1 Peter 2:9 (NLT)
We all have a role to play in the Body of Christ. You are unique and valuable. There are those out there, somewhere, who needs your story. God has called you for His Kingdom purpose, so make your world a better place.
Tyndale House Publishers. (2013). Holy Bible: New Living Translation. Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.