As I was praying this morning, closing out my time in Bible study, a wave of thankfulness came over me…
I was thinking: Lord, thank you for what you have done in my life. Thank you that I’m not where I wanted me to be, but I am where You want me to be; because, I couldn’t imagine having to get up every Monday for the next 50, 60, 70 years of my life, with only another week ahead of me, and no perspective of You ahead of me.
As some of you know, I went to school for architecture. I had this whole plan planned out, too, for where I wanted to go and what I wanted to do. I wanted the true “Architecture” dream (you know, the kind you see in the movies) and I wasn’t going to stop until, somehow, I got it.
The problem with that, though, was that Architecture was my identity. I mean, if you had taken that away… there wouldn’t have been a whole lot left for me to stand up on, and say that I am.
And, do you know what that does to people?
It traps them. It traps them into living a life inspired by an internal drive that says, “without this, I’ll be nothing.”
Now, is this something I consciously thought about? No, not really. I mean, I wasn’t even really aware that I had an “identity,” per say; but, if you take a minute to think about it, and you’re honest, you can agree with me that we all identify in something… it’s where we find our worth.
Imagine where you’re at in life right now. Think of all the things that you have, or have accomplished, or that make you feel good…
Now, imagine, in a blink of an eye, it all disappears.
Apart from Christ, what would you have? And, what would you be?
Life happens. Bad things, do happen; and, when they do, and our identity is wrapped up in the things that fade, and that we can’t control, we get lost. We lose who we are.
God’s Word says:
“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.”
Ephesians 2:10 (NASB)
The truth is, we have not been created to identify with the things that we have, and have created, for ourselves; or even the things that God calls us to do once we are His. All will change and all will fade. We have been created to know the Father, and to walk with Him, in communion, with full trust and reliance on who He says He is.
Luke 21:3 (NASB) says:
“Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will never pass away.”
God is eternal. His Word is eternal. And who God says we are is eternal, too. He is the only thing that does not change. When who we are is in Him — knowing what it means to be a child of God — our worth, our purpose, and our value is secure, despite what we see, what we do, what we look like, or what we experience.
Thank you, Jesus, for having died on the cross so that we may know who we are, in You, and have hope beyond our Monday and what we attach ourselves to, on earth.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
John 3:16 (NIV)
Heavenly Father, I pray, today, that this wouldn’t be just a Monday. I pray that those who you are calling would know there is more for them outside of what they identify themselves with on their Mondays, and that, you would show them a greater purpose than what they can see. I ask that you would begin to give them eyes for You, Lord, and what it means to know You and walk with You. Thank you, Father, that you have died so that we may know who we were truly created to be, and not to be left to identity with the powerless things that are promised to fade and pass away.
In Jesus’ name,