When I attended seminary, I met people who didn’t know why they were there. Some said they were trying “to find” themselves. A lot of people spend a lifetime trying to find out who they really are.
If we want the answer to that question, we have to look in the right place. We can’t be like the inebriated man frantically searching for something under a street light.
Hoping to help, a man approached him and asked, “What are you looking for?”
He replied, “My car keys.”
“Where do you last remember having them?” the good Samaritan inquired.
“Back down that dark alley,” he said stumbling over the curb.
Perplexed, the Samaritan asked, “Then why aren’t you looking in the alley for your keys?”
The man responded, “There ain’t no light in the alley.”
How often do we look in the wrong places to find meaning and purpose in life just because it’s dark where we lost our way.
It’s dark where we lost our way because we lost sight of the light, Jesus. We took our eyes off the Lord and started trying to find ourselves instead of Him. If we truly want to find the way, we must look to the word of God.
“Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.” Psalm 119:105 KJV
When we committed our lives to Christ, He not only forgave all our sins, but He gave us His life as well. Paul said, “For me to live is Christ.” Philippians 1:21 KJV.
Galatians 2:20 says “I no longer live, but Christ lives in me.”
Because that is true, if I want to know who I am, I need to know who He is, because who He is, is who I am. Let’s see what the Bible says about who He is and thus, who I am:
Because He is the great I am, I am God’s beloved child.
I am being transformed everyday into the image of His son through the renewing of my mind.
I am God’s workmanship created in Christ Jesus.
I am crucified with Christ, and I no longer live. Jesus lives in me and reigns as my Lord.
I am victorious because Jesus is exercising His faith in me to do the will of God.
I am always looking to Jesus who is my wisdom, my righteousness, my sanctification and my redemption.
I am God’s purchased possession.
I am bought with the precious blood of Christ.
I am more than a conqueror because greater is He who is in me than He who is in the world.
I am powerful, because He has given me authority to tread upon serpents and scorpions and over all the power of the enemy and nothing shall by any means harm me.
I am submitted under the mighty hand of God and I give no place to the devil.
I am fully clothed in the armor of God.
I am a victor because God always gives me the victory through my Lord Jesus Christ.
I am successful because I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
I am not condemned because there is therefore now, no condemnation to me because I am in Christ Jesus.
I am a new creation and all my old things and way of life have passed away.
I am a priest of God.
I am anointed because the Messiah who lives in me is the anointed one.
Although I am unworthy of these blessings, God has made me worthy of them all because Christ Jesus is my worthiness, my righteousness, my sufficiency, my strength, my Lord, my all in all. Blessed be the name of the Great I Am.
I hope you find yourself basking in His glorious love, grace, mercy and peace.
Kenny Ashley is pastor of The Journey at Lake Wylie, 5415 S.C. 557, Lake Wylie.