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Whose Are You?
Understanding Your True Identity
The Privilege of Holiness
Would you believe it if I told you, you are privileged? How about if I told you, you are holy?
If you are a true follower of Jesus Christ, the bible says that, even though you sin (1 John 1:8), you are holy in God the Father’s eyes because He sees you through Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 3:16-17). This holiness is not a distant concept; it’s your present reality. Because you are holy, out of His kindness, God called you to share in his eternal glory (1 Peter 5:10). This is “The Privilege of Holiness.”
Our State of Confusion
In today’s world, most of us live in a state of confusion about our true identity. We’re constantly bombarded with messages suggesting how we should look, think, and act. These messages come from movies, TV shows, magazines, and social networks like Facebook. They tell us what we should look like, what we should believe, how we should act, and who we should love or not love. And, there is no shortage of advice from people telling us how to be a better person and live a better life if we only follow their advice. These messages shape our perceptions and expectations, often leading us away from our true identity as sons and daughters of the Living God.
There are many people who want to advise us. The sad thing is, our culture, including most of our friends are also confused about what is right and what is wrong. They are not qualified to give us advice about earthly things or heavenly things. This confusion seeps into our lives as we measure ourselves against unrealistic standards, from photoshopped images to the advice of strangers. Then, we get so preoccupied with changing ourselves to be like these false images that we are blinded to the real image of whose we are and who we were created to be.
The Right Source of Our Worth
In this maze of conflicting advice, the best guidance was written centuries ago and comes from the Creator of the Universe. Our God, who created the universe, knows us (Jeremiah 1:5), considers us holy (1 John 1:8), called us to share in His eternal glory (1 Peter 5:10), and has a perfect plan for our life ((Jeremiah 29:11-13). That’s right, the best advice you can get on how to live the life of your dreams has already been written by the Creator of the Universe and is waiting for you to come and get it. So, what are you waiting for? Go, and get it!!
Why Do We Struggle to Receive What God Has For Us?
If God provided a way for us to receive His advice on how to live, why do we struggle so much to spend time with Him and receive it? The heart of the reason why we search in all the wrong places for our worth and for advice, is that we do not realize “whose we are.” The result of not knowing “whose we are” is that most of us are confused about who we were meant to be. We are like a child who was left at the doorstep of an orphanage at birth with no sense of identify, and nonurturing.
Just as parental love and guidance are critical in a child’s development, our spiritual identity is shaped by recognizing “whose we are.” A story of orphanage infants, detailed in Time Magazine, illustrated the importance of nurturing. Without parental nurturing, children experience severe physical and mental developmental challenges. In the same way, when we don’t identify as a child of God, and we don’t seek His advice through scripture, we are like an orphan left to be fed by the confusing messages of the world. The longer we go without His spiritual nurturing, the harder it is to become the person God created us to be.
Our Spiritual Heritage
The Gospel of John (John 1:12) assures us that believers have the right to become children of God. This privilege isn’t just about honor or status; it’s about forming a personal relationship with God the Father, God the Son Jesus Christ, and God the Holy Spirit.
As children of God, we also become co-heirs with Jesus Christ. Co-heirs have access to all of the heavenly blessings while we are still on earth. We are also privileged. Below are a few of the privileges God promised to his sons and daughters.
The privilege of Honor – Peter says those who believe in Jesus Christ are honored. “So the honor is for you who believe (1 Peter 2:7, English Standard Version (ESV)).”
The privilege of Personal Relationship – When speaking about Jesus as the living cornerstone of God’s temple, Peter says, “As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by men but chosen by God and precious to him (1 Peter 2:4 NIV). This means we no longer need to come to the Father through a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses (Hebrews 4:15-16).” Believers have the Privilege of an ongoing active personal relationship with Jesus Christ and to God The Father through Jesus. And, we can “approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”
The privilege of Heavenly Blessings – We have every spiritual blessing in heavenly places (Ephesians 1:3).
The privilege of being Co-Heirs with Jesus Christ – We are co-heirs with Christ (Romans 8:17).
The privilege to Possess the Kingdom of Heaven – In the beatitudes taught by Jesus, he tells us the Kingdom of Heaven is ours (Matthew 5:3-11).
The privilege to be Salt and Light – We are salt and light to the world (Matthew 5:13-14).
God wants us to know “whose we are”, how special we are because we are His, so we can live out the high calling He planned for us and so we can enjoy the privileges of being His sons and daughters.
You Are Not Alone
You are not alone as you seek to live out the life God called you to live. Jesus wants to be the foundation of your life. Jesus is referred to as a “cornerstone chosen and precious (1 Peter 2:6 ESV),” set in the place of honor (1 Peter 2:6 MSG) as the foundation of the house of God. You have become living building-stones for God’s use in building the rest of his house (1 Peter 2:5 NLT). This is your personal mission.
Your Personal Mission
We have a Personal Mission Encounter to help people like you identify where you fit in the architecture of the house of God and how to pursue your life’s calling with purpose and clarity. With the Personal Mission Encounter, you will have the tools to align your life mission and goals to the plan God has for you. You will also have the tools to support you along your journey. With these tools, you will be able to predict the successful outcome of your goals.
Like a stone mason shapes each stone as he combines many stones to build a wall, God is actively shaping you to fit perfectly in the walls of the house He is building. Through our Personal Mission Encounter and tools, you will chisel through your outer surface to expose the polished stone within. This Personal Mission Encounter will help you see yourself as a child of God and give you the tools to grow progressively into the likeness of your brother Jesus as you define and achieve a life lived on purpose for the glory of God.
In the Personal Mission Encounter, you will identify your Mission, sometimes referred to as purpose. You will identify your Values, Strengths and Life Roles. You will use your Mission, Values, Strengths and Life Roles to create a Vision for your life that aligns with God’s will. Then, you will create Goals and a plan to live your God inspired Vision. To help you stay the course, you will learn to continually renew your mind to recognize what God has done for you and what He wants for your future. Through this encounter, you will come to understand your true worth in a world that does not understand God’s plan and cannot properly evaluate your worth.