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328 WHO ARE YOU?

John
6:64 But there are some of you that believe not. For Jesus knew from the
beginning who they were that believed not, and who should betray him.

Who are
you? When asked that question, what would your answer be? Your answer would probably
be formed by how you or someone you care for sees you.

Looking
at yourself through your parent’s eyes, you would probably say you were a son.
While looking at yourself from your child’s viewpoint, you would probably say
you are a father or mother.

Judging
from your occupation you would be something different; I would be a truck
driver. Judging the same question from our nationality, you could say you are
Canadian or White or conservative or male or any number of things that would
honestly describe yourself.

Then
there is our character; could you say you are an honest person? A moral person?
A Christian? Just WHO are you, anyway?

Well,
we all can say we are human beings and are a part of something.

Colossians
4:9 With Onesimus, a faithful and beloved brother, who is one of you.
They shall make known unto you all things which are done here.

Onesimus
was one of them; one of who? A
Colossian? A Christian? Maybe both? Either way he was someone they knew and he
was with Tychicus and both had knowledge the Colossians could use. If they did
not know Tychicus, they did know Onesimus and could trust what they said
because the two supported each other. Onesimus defined who Tychicus was and
could give him credibility.

1Peter
2:9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation,
a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called
you out of darkness into his marvellous light:

Some of
us are Christians and, because we are known by our family, friends and
neighbours, can lend credibility or shame to the name of Christ because of who
we are. Just because we say we are Christians does not make us Christians;
being Christians makes us Christians.

In
reality, Jesus is the one who tells us weather we are Christians or not.

We now
know that who we are is not related to our family, job, nation, race, hobby,
expertise or even, what we think.

God is
the one who defines who we are. He is the one who honestly knows us; weather we
are honest, sincere, diligent, moral, faithful, loving, kind or hateful,
deceitful, selfish, lazy, wicked, etc.

Matthew
18:3 And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as
little children ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.

A
little child does not try to define who they are. They accept that they are
little children and believe their adults about who they are. They act like
little children and are open about their character, morals, personality,
colour, etc. We, the ones who are supposed to know them, mold and shape them into
what we want to think they are.

That is
why God wants us to accept Him as our heavenly father, so He can mold us into a
beautiful Christian being and be proud of whom we are.

Luke
13:27 But he shall say, I tell you, I know you not whence ye are; depart from
me, all ye workers of iniquity.

When
God defines who we are, we will be honest because, despite what we think or
say, He knows the truth and will define us correctly.

The
problem is when we define ourselves by any other standard than God’s and fool
ourselves into believing in this other standard.

The
only way we can know God’s opinion of us is to hear Him and believe Him. Then
we can change as He defines how, when, where and what we are to change.

Only by
submitting to God’s judgement of our lives, can we truly change for our
betterment and His glory. So………..who ARE you, really?

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