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Finding Myself

Grace 101

 

I am loved.  Jesus loves me, this I know.  It’s such a simple message, but it shines its light to the very core of our being.  Jesus brings the reality of God to my life.  He tells me who I am.

The One in charge of all things, the Creator and Sustainer of the Universe, loves me.  There is no why or how, there is just the simple fact of His love.  In relationship with Him, I find myself.  I am someone who is loved.  I am special and valuable and worthy—all because of Him. 

You see, it really doesn’t matter what I think of myself.  Most of us think worse of ourselves than we should, I suppose.  Some think too highly of themselves.  But I will never consider an identity I have chosen for myself to be valid because identity needs confirmation.  Identity is established in relationship.

When I look past others like me because their perspective is too much like my own, and I look past the untouchable ideas of the Universe or Nature or, in some cases, God, because I can’t hear their judgments of me—then I still look for a Person.  That Person is Jesus, God in human flesh.  There is so much about Him that I do not and can not understand, but I know that I can live in relationship with Him.  He accepts me and I discover who I am.

I am who I am in Him.  Chosen, loved, accepted, valued—that’s me! 

The search for identity is fulfilled in relationship with Jesus.  Please notice that I say nothing about religion or faith or performance.  When I see Him as a Person and understand how He sees me as a person, that’s when it all begins.  Religion can give rules and doctrines, but not a relationship.  Many who claim to be His don’t know Him.  That’s what He said would happen. 

But to those who come to Him, to those He gives rest.  “Come unto me all you who are weak and heavy laden and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28)  That’s what He said.  Rest from work?  Hardly.  Rest from spiritual striving?  Sure, but there’s more.  This is rest for our souls.  Rest from the search.  Rest from the unknowing.  Rest from the fear and anxiety of wondering who we really are.  The answer is found in Him.

Please also notice that this answer is not something that can be found outside of Him.  You might discover what He thinks of you, the fact, but it will not satisfy until it is found in Him.  Identity is lived in relationship. 

In Jesus I found myself.  I finally learned the truth about who I am.  Now—if I can but remember—I can live forever in peace.

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The Purpose

Grace 101

One of the saddest parts of the teaching of human evolution has to be the idea that there is no purpose to human life.  If we simply evolved from lower life forms—with no guiding hand, no wise counsel, no good Creator—then we are nothing special.  We are simply a step in a process to something better . . . if we last long enough.  There is no hope, no promise, no future that is ours.  Seems very sad to me.

Now, I am not debating evolution here, just making a point about some good news.  The truth, as presented in the Scriptures, is that you and I were made by a loving God for a purpose.  Humanity had that purpose from the beginning and every individual who has ever lived has had the same purpose.  We were made to live in relationship with the Almighty God!

We were made to walk with Him, talk with Him, and to live in His love.  But more than that, we were made to draw our life from Him.  Remember when Adam was perfectly made, complete in every way, ready to go, and only lacked life?  Where did that life come from?  It was not the same as the animals or the plants.  Adam’s life drew from the Lord Himself.  Adam was made to be filled with the life of God.  Later, that life passed through Adam to another as Eve was created.

It is very clear that Adam was filled with something different from what the animals had.  Yes, in many ways, human life seems the same as animal life.  But human life has a depth of meaning, a value, a purpose that is very different from all other life.  There is, in fact, a spiritual aspect that makes human life different.

When God breathed life into Adam, He gave Him spiritual life.  Spiritual life was nothing more or less than a direct communion with God.  It included a physical life, but it was so much more.  And that which was more was derived from God.  God Himself was part of man.  Human life is only derived from God.  And it was supposed to pass on from Adam and Eve to their children forever.

Humans were never meant to live apart from God.  Everything we are has been made with a purpose, to live connected to God.  We were supposed to live in love with Him forever.

Supposed to—those can be ominous words.  Something happened to change what was meant to be.  It didn’t take God by surprise, but it did change so much.

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