“Be true to who you are”?
That title should really go on the list of blog posts I never thought I’d write.
I mean, really, it sounds quite a bit like the “believe in yourself, follow your heart, learn to love yourself” deception we hear all too often these days.
But God has something to say about who we are.
Identity in Christ
“I am the vine; you are the branches.
Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit,
It’s a popular verse, isn’t it? Many of us know it well.
Dear friends, let’s not allow the familiarity erase our wonder over the stunning beauty of a God who says to us, “You are.”
This God who says, “For you are all children of light, children of the day” (1 Thessalonians 5:5).
And, “You are light in the Lord” (Ephesians 5:8).
“You are the salt of the earth” and “you are the light of the world” (Matthew 5:13-14).
Can we just stop right now and thank Him for going so far beyond the saving of our souls, delighting instead to make us into a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17)? And how kind of Him to remind us of it so often in His Word!
He doesn’t just want us to act like a branch. Act like light. Act like salt. He died a cruel death on a rugged cross so we could be.
And that’s the difference between a Christ-following philosophy and a modern-culture philosophy: who we are has nothing to do with us. It has everything to do with Him.
And what is our right response? How can we be true to who we are? How can we bring honor to the One who made us who we are?
You are a branch, so abide in the Vine.
You are light in the Lord, so walk as a child of the Light.
You are a child of the light, so live life in a way that is alert and intentional (I Thessalonians 5:6).
You are the salt of the earth, so flavor your spot on this planet deliciously, and instill in those around you a thirst for living water.
You are the light of the world, so let your light shine that others may see your good works and glorify your Father (Matthew 5:16).
How much closer we would be to our God…
how much stronger our testimony…
how much hotter our zeal…
how much we would cease struggling and striving and straining…
if we would just be who we are.