Where am I? Have you ever wondered that, for example, when you took a wrong exit or stood in a mall parking lot with that bewildered look on your face as you searched for any hint of your car (or one that even looked like it)? What did you do in that moment? Did you pretend you were on the right road, or already sitting in your car? No! That wouldn’t have helped your situation at all. You first had to figure out where you actually were before you could get to where you wanted to be. And, did the fact that you were lost in the mall parking lot mean that you lived there? Of course not.
The same rule holds true in life. Just because you might feel sad at the moment, doesn’t mean you are a miserable person. If you got angry today, it doesn’t necessarily mean you need anger management classes. We experience numerous emotions and emotional states in life, but such feelings don’t have to define us.
Christ, while fully God, was also fully human. He experienced sadness when he discovered his friend Lazarus had died (John 11:35). He experienced frustration with his disciples on several occasions (Matthew 15:16, Matthew 17:17). He burned with righteous indignation when he cleared the Temple (Mark 11:15-17). But, these emotional experiences did not define Jesus. He was not an angry, frustrated, depressed human being. Make no doubt about it: he was the Son of God!
Don’t let the weather, or emotions, or circumstances get you down. You are not defined by these situations. Your identity comes from the God of the universe. If you are feeling “meh,” Acknowledge Here by identifying exactly what it is you are feeling. Where are you feeling stuck? Ask yourself “why” you are feeling that way to identify the real issue. Once you can answer “Where am I?”, then you can begin figuring out where you want to go, which we will talk about tomorrow.
And remember, don’t confuse your emotions with your identity. Acknowledge who you are as a follower of Christ: a handpicked son or daughter of God almighty with an inheritance greater than you could possibly imagine awaiting you.
Where are you in life? How are you feeling? Are you happy with where you are? Do you feel there is any hope for change?
Make a line down the middle of a paper. Over the left hand column write, “What I am feeling.” Title the right hand side, “Who God says I am.” On the left side of the paper, make a list of how you are feeling (sad, depressed, joyful, happy, tired, etc.) Read the following verses of scripture, and write down who God says you are on the right hand side of the paper.
Some references for you if you need them: Galatians 3:26, 29; Galatians 4:5-7; Ephesians 1:5; 2 Corinthians 6:18; Colossians 2:10; 1 Peter 1:4; 1 Peter 2:9
Holy Father, thank you for choosing me to be your child. I can never thank you enough for saving me from this world. Please fill me with your Spirit and convince me beyond a shadow of a doubt what my true identity is in you. Amen.
This post was written by David Vernier. David enjoys the opportunity to encourage others in their walk with Jesus as a writer for the LivingItOut Bible Study.
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