Do you know who you are? That sounds like an odd question, I know, but do you have an identity? It’s been said before, and needs to be repeated: It’s not about who you are, rather whose you are that truly matters.
Philippians 4:13 sometimes gets misapplied. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. This does not mean, “I believe in Christ, therefore I will be able to play in the NBA” or “Christ will give me the strength and skills to sing on Broadway if I only pray hard enough.” That verse instead points to the secret of contentment – Jesus Christ (as v. 12 alludes to). Keep in mind Paul wrote this letter from prison, where his perspective was a tad different than ours this morning. Perhaps it’s better to interpret 4:13 as “I can make the most of any and all bad situations through the strength that Christ provides.”
Paul was a man who would not be defined by any label or experience. He was a Jew, a Benjamanite, a Pharisee, a Roman citizen, a persecutor, and ultimately, an apostle turned missionary. But none of these were his identity. No, Paul’s identity was in Christ! He uses the phrase “in Christ” many times in his writings. Paul knew who he was, but more importantly, whose he was.
We can say the same. I’m a father, son, brother, husband, minister, Philadelphian, etc. But my identity stems from Christ first and foremost. If you have to be labeled, isn’t the word Christian a great label to have?
Do you know who you are? You are a child of God. You are a representative of Jesus Christ. You are an extension of his church. You are the only Bible some people will ever read. You are a man or woman who was known by God before He “formed you in the womb” (Jer. 1:5).
You are the recipient of your Creator’s unconditional love. Think about this next time you hear someone say, “I need to go find myself.”
In His Name,