Have you ever laid in bed and thought about who you are? I don't mean in the literal sense of who you are in age, gender, social class, but who you really are in this world.
Do you sometimes feel like you don't fit in? Perhaps you're shy (guilty!), or just have different interests. Maybe you have moved to a new area, or started a new job.
I wondered that myself to a degree just the other night. Who am I in this big ol' world? I'm quite the introvert. It's gotten a lot better the last few years, but I have my moments. Why am I sharing that? Oh I don't know, perhaps it might help people relate, to know that I don't have it all together. Truth is, I doubt anyone does. But we do our best to hide that. We work and we strive to put on fronts. We work and we strive to make ourselves worthy. We change ourselves to fit in. We think we can do it all. What does the Bible have to say about who we are?
The reality though is simple. Here's what Ephesians chapter 2:1 says.
"And you were dead in your trespasses and sins,"
Ephesians 2:1-3 is quite clear. Without Christ, we are dead in our sin. In fact, we are enemies of God, His wrath abiding on us.
All the working and striving, and for what? The approval of people who probably don't have it together any more than us? What can they offer?
Do we think that all our work can make us worthy of eternal life in heaven?
No, scripture is quite clear there, too.
Verses 4 and 5 give us good news.
"4 But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us,
5 even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved),"
"But God", this phrase begins so many verses of good news throughout scripture.
If we are in Christ, then we are saved by grace. Picked up and cleaned off. Released from the bondage of sin, raised from the dead, risen with Christ. If you are here today and you are a Christian, and you are questioning your value, read these verses. God has saved you from eternal torment, His overwhelming kindness, demonstrated in the sacrifice of His Son, Jesus Christ.
If you are not in Christ, then I hope you have read these and have taken a self check. It isn't by works that you can attain to salvation. Can you bribe God? What can you offer Him? It is by faith in Jesus Christ. If you want to learn more, please go to my about page.
Christian, know your value in Christ. Live a life worthy of your calling (Ephesians 4:1).
God loves you.
"Scripture taken from the NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE®, Copyright © 1960,1962,1963,1968,1971,1972,1973,1975,1977,1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission."
by: Jeremey Voit
Jeremey is a photographer based in the Mid-Atlantic U.S. He loves travel, nature, and experiencing and sharing the beauty of God's creation.