“It’s in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for. Long before we first heard of Christ and got our hopes up, he had his eye on us, had designs on us for glorious living, part of the overall purpose he is working out in everything and everyone” (Ephesians 1:11-12, The Message).
I think I’ve mentioned this before, but bear with me. Sometimes, you can read a passage out of a familiar translation so many times that you stop seeing it. You stop really taking in the meaning of the words and merely recite words.
It’s good to take a different (unusual, quirky, eccentric) translation like The Message to bring a freshness to what the Apostle Paul is saying. Like I’ve said before, The Message doesn’t always get it right, but sometimes it really does. Like here.
What is my identity? Is it my paycheck? Is it my occupation? Is it my bank account? Is it the initials after my last name (or perhaps the initials in front of it)? Is it how many responses my social media posts get? Is it how many views my blogs get?
No. No. No. No. No. No. No.
My identity is in Jesus. Who I am is solely based on Whose I am. My purpose is based on Whose I am.
I’m part of something much bigger than me and my little problems. I’m part of what God has been doing since before time began up until after it ends. God is about redeeming His creation and I get to be a part of it.
Oh, and I get to be a part of the “creation getting redeemed” part. I get redeemed. I have supreme value, not because of how talented or witty or handsome or charming I am, but because Jesus thought I was worth dying for. That and that alone determines my worth, my identity, and my purpose.
That’s who I am and what I’m here for.