Who You Say I Am

Who am I
That the highest King would welcome me?

If you’re anything like me, sometimes you can struggle with being self-critical.  Or maybe you feel alone.  Like you’re not good enough to be loved.  This question hits at the core of our identity.  What makes us valuable to God?

I was lost but He brought me in
O His love for me

Isaiah 53:6 says, “We’re all like sheep who’ve wandered off and gotten lost.  We’ve all done our own thing, gone our own way.” (The Message)  The word “lost” implies not that we are bad people or worthless, but just have strayed.  It implies that God’s intention has always been that we be part of His family, His kingdom.  But our sin and selfishness has caused us to seek our own way instead.  How have you gotten lost in the past?  Or maybe you’re lost now.  His love for you says it’s time to come home.

Who the Son sets free
Is free indeed

John 8:34-36 says, “Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, everyone who sins is a slave to sin.  Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.”   Sin is a strong separator.  Patterns of sinful behavior leave us feeling unworthy of God’s love.  Yet often we fail to realize the true bondage that sin subjects us to.  The Son, Jesus Christ, gave His life to free you from this bondage.  And He sent His Spirit to help.  What sin in your life has you in chains?  Confess that to Him and ask for His Spirit’s power to free you from these chains.

I’m a child of God
Yes I am

John 1:12-13 says, “But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God.  They are reborn—not with a physical birth resulting from human passion or plan, but a birth that comes from God.” (NLT)  Stop living like a slave.  Begin living like a child.  Accept the seat at the table that Jesus bought for you.  Tell me, where is a better place to be?

Free at last
He has ransomed me
O His grace runs deep
While I was a slave to sin
Jesus died for me

In his famous I Have a Dream speech, Martin Luther King Jr. quoted an old Negro song.  “Free at last, free at last, thank God Almighty we are free at last.”  What would it be like if we felt the same way about our freedom from the penalty of our sin through God’s grace as those first individuals felt about their new freedom from physical slavery?  And I love The Message translation of Romans 5:20.  “But sin didn’t, and doesn’t, have a chance in competition with the aggressive forgiveness we call grace. When it’s sin versus grace, grace wins hands down.”  Grace wins, hands down!

I am chosen not forsaken
I am who You say I am

I Peter 2:9-10 says, “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.  Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.”  So if you are feeling alone or worthless, know that God says you are important.  He chose you!  And you have a job to do.  To “declare the praises of Him” because of the freedom that you’ve received.

You are for me not against me
I am who You say I am

Romans 8:31 says, “If God is for us, who can be against us?”  So if you are feeling like people are against you, or because of situations in your life you feel the world is stacked against you, know that God is for You.  And with God on your side, nothing can shake you!

I am who You say I am

We have a tendency to listen to the voice that speaks the loudest.  Often that voice is our own, telling ourselves things that are not true.  But God is the artist and creator of us.  He knows us better than we know ourselves, and His word is always true.  The Bible is a story about God’s relationship with His people.  People just like us.  So really it is a story about us.  And it is full of truth about us.  Who we are.  So if you’re not sure who you are, there is no better place to go than His word.  Open it up and find out who HE says you are.