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Who are you?

Pastor Inge Whittemore

East Nelson United Methodist Church

9024 18 Mile Rd NE, Cedar Springs

There is an incredibly common lie that way too many of us believe. We believe that our worth and identity come from what we do. Have you ever noticed at a social gathering that the conversation often begins, “So, what is your story?”  For a long time I answered and labeled myself as a banker. My job and position was the first thing that came out of my mouth when I answered this question. I lived believing that who I am is what I do.

King Solomon figured this out. He was considered to be the wisest and richest man who ever lived and in Ecclesiastes 2:10b (NIV) he said, “My heart took delight in all my work, and this was the reward for all my labor.”  

He boasted that he was the ruler of a great kingdom, had built temples and buildings, and had become as rich as anyone could. He was proud of who he saw himself to be. But then in verse 11 he catches himself up short and says, “Yet, when I surveyed all that my hands had done and what I had toiled to achieve, everything was meaningless, a chasing after the wind” (NIV).

If we believe the lie that our identity comes from what we do, then it is an identity coming from the wrong place. We are not what we do, nor what we’ve done, nor what we are going to do. We are who God says we are. Let that sink in a minute. We are not our performance, accomplishments, wealth or what others think of us. We are who God says we are.  

So, here is an idea. When asked about yourself, can you change your standard answer? I’m not saying that what you do for a living is not important; but instead of simply replying mechanic or stay-at-home mom, lawyer, retired accountant, cook or dishwasher can you answer who you really are?   

We are God’s handiwork! We are children of the King! We are joint heirs with Christ!  We are who God says we are. And I like to remember what a fellow youth leader would always say as the youth headed out into the night after our group meetings. He would say, “Remember who you are and never forget WHOSE you are.”  

We are who God calls us to be and we belong to God. So please know how absolutely precious you are—how wonderful you are to God. You are so wonderful he sent his only son to save us all.

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do” Ephesians 2:8-10 (NIV).

Remember who you are and whose you are! 

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