Who Am I?

Posted by colin on July 31, 2010 under From the pastor | Read the First Comment

 Who am I? This is a question people often ask themselves. The reality is that, at the moment, we don’t really know who we are. Because we are Christians, we know that we are NOT the person we once were. That person, with all its sins and faults, is dead and buried. When we accepted Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour, we died to who we were and were raised up as a new creation in Christ:

 Col. 3:3For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.”

 But we are not yet the person that we are becoming – we are still in the process of becoming. The Christian life involves a process of maturation in which we grow in Christ-likeness:

 II Corinthians 3:18And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.”

 The apostle John tells us:

 I John 3:2Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when he appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.”

Now – already – “we are the children of God.” But we are still hazy about what we will be. We tend to limit this verse to the glorified bodies that we will one day have. We don’t know exactly what they will be like, but we know they will be like Jesus’. But there is no reason to limit this verse to our future bodies. What we will be in the Kingdom “has not yet been made known”. We know that God is forming us in His image, but we will not be God as God is God. We will only be a reflection of who He is. God has created each one of us as a unique creation so that we can individually be a unique reflection of some aspect of His glory. God is taking us – with the gifts and the talents He has given us – and is putting us through a set of life-circumstances that will uniquely mold us and equip us to reflect His glory. We each have a specific place in the Body of Christ, one for which we alone will be equipped to fill. We don’t yet know what it will be. It is only once we are there that we will be able to look back on our lives and see how God has worked in each of our lives to conform us in a special way to His image, so that we can declare His glory.

 The future we look forward to is one in which we will all be united to Christ and united to one another in Christ – but with each of us having a unique role in the body, making a unique contribution to the overall functioning of the body. We will finally know who we are and where we belong.

How does this knowledge affect how we live today? It shows us that life is not a matter of discovering who we truly are and then being true to that. Our life is a process of dying to self and being alive to God, of submitting ourselves to God’s will and allowing Him to mold and shape us into His image.

  • Darlene Hemingway said,

    This is glorious! Several years ago I heard a Through the Bible Radio broadcast (J. Vernon McGee?); he taught that each of us will continue to grow [in grace and knowledge] throughout eternity even after we have been changed from human to glorified body. It’s a pretty magnificent eternal future. D.H.