My favorite musical is Les Miserables. If you haven’t seen it, the musical follows the life of Jean Valjean, who transforms from a bitter, petty thief to a man who seeks redemption. In one scene, a man who closely resembles Valjean is about to be falsely imprisoned as Valjean, and Valjean has to make a choice: turn himself in, or let another man suffer in his place. Valjean delivers a short but beautiful song called, “Who Am I?’ during which he ponders who he is and what he will do. It’s a turning point for our hero.

Over the past few weeks, during our Heart of a Woman study, we have been looking at, identifying, and confronting the sin in our lives. This study is very illuminating. Like Valjean, we can all identify with having sinned and experiencing the consequences of sin. But we have also experienced God’s grace and goodness, and like Valjean, seek to walk in a way that is worthy of our Lord (Col 1:10 ESV).

During our last week, Laurie asked a series of questions at the end of our lecture:

· Who am I and Whose am I?

· What determines Who I am?

· When did I become who I am?

· Where am I today? Where am I in my walk with the Lord?

· Why does any of this matter (i.e. Bible Study, time with the Lord)?

· How can we do this, live the Christian life?

These are great questions to consider. I am journaling my way through them.

For now, however, I would like to focus on who am I and whose I am. I want to go through what God’s Word alone says about these questions, it’s encouraging for me and I pray it is for you too.

It’s very easy to think through things about myself, who I am and whose I am by personality characteristics or the roles I play in day to day life, but before I get caught up in my human thinking (wrong thinking), I must speak truth to myself. God’s Word tells me (this list is not exhaustive):

· I am a HIS child. (John 1:12)

· I am a friend of Jesus. “I have called you friends, because I have revealed to you everything I heard from my Father” (John 15:15)

· I have been justified and redeemed. (Romans 3:24) “My old self was crucified with Christ, and I am no longer a slave to sin.” (Romans 6:6)

· I will not be condemned by God. “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1)

· I am free. “For the law of the life-giving Spirit in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and death” (Romans 8:2), (Galatians 5:1)

· I am a fellow heir with Christ. “And if children, then heirs (namely, heirs of God and also fellow heirs with Christ)—if indeed we suffer with him so we may also be glorified with him” (Romans 8:17)

· I am a new creature in Christ. “So then, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; what is old has passed away—look, what is new has come!” (2 Corinthians 5:17)

· I have been made one with all who are in Christ Jesus. “…for all of you are one in Christ Jesus” (Galatians 3:28)

· I am blessed. “(God) has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms in Christ” (Ephesians 1:3)

God Himself lovingly tells me—all believers—who we are. We may feel we are many things, but God Himself tells us the truth about who we are, and that is what matters.

Now, what does the Bible tell me about whose I am? I am the Lord’s. “…you belong to Christ; and Christ belongs to God” (1 Cor 3:23). I am not my own. I was bought at a price by the Lord.

It’s hard to walk out these truths. How do we claim them as truth when our culture bombards us with messages that are hostile to God’s promises?

By FAITH. Faith is a gift, given to us by God, to help us live by His Truth and not be swayed by the world or the enemy. Faith is trusting in something we cannot see. Yet God makes Himself very real to believers. His Word reminds me again and again that I am His and He is working all things for good in my life (Romans 8:28 ESV).

May you reflect upon these beautiful Truths. When life circumstances cause you to reflect and turn inward, choose to believe that if you have placed your faith in Christ as your Lord and Savior, you are first and foremost a child of the Almighty God’s. Believing this promise puts everything into perspective.

Growing in Grace

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