I am Leigh. I’m a wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt, niece, sister, friend. I’m a clown, writer, poet, crafter, lunch lady, nerd, fountain of useless knowledge. I am high-strung, emotional, stubborn, loving, loyal, creative.
I’m sure my friends and family could add some stuff. And the world could add more. But none of that really matters.
A large part of my counseling sessions have been dedicated to making sure I know exactly who I am. And the truth is, as fitting as these labels may be, they aren’t really who I am. Who am I, then? I am a child of God!
I’m sure at this point many of you are saying, “well, sure Leigh, but you’re still what you listed earlier.” While all those titles may be accurate (some more than others!), the person I truly am is who God says I am.
Now, before you start thinking I’m splitting hairs, hang in here with me for a minute.
Here are a few things the Bible says about me:
• I am a child of God.
But to all who have received him–those who believe in his name–he has given the right to become God’s children … (John 1:12).
• I am a friend of Jesus.
I no longer call you slaves, because the slave does not understand what his master is doing. But I have called you friends, because I have revealed to you everything I heard from my Father (John 15:15).
• I have been justified and redeemed.
But they are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus (Romans 3:24).
• My old self was crucified with Christ, and I am no longer a slave to sin.
We know that our old man was crucified with him so that the body of sin would no longer dominate us, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin (Romans 6:6).
• I will not be condemned by God.
There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:1).
• As a child of God, I am a fellow heir with Christ.
And if children, then heirs (namely, heirs of God and also fellow heirs with Christ)–if indeed we suffer with him so we may also be glorified with him (Romans 8:17).
• I have been called to be a saint.
… To the church of God that is in Corinth, to those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus, and called to be saints, with all those in every place who call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, their Lord and ours (1 Corinthians 1:2). (See also Ephesians 1:1, Philippians 1:1, and Colossians 1:2.)
• In Christ Jesus, I have wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption.
He is the reason you have a relationship with Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification and redemption … (1 Corinthians 1:30).
• My body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who dwells in me.
Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you (1 Corinthians 6:19)?
• I am a new creature in Christ.
So then, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; what is old has passed away–look, what is new has come (2 Corinthians 5:17)!
• I have become the righteousness of God in Christ.
God made the one who did not know sin to be sin for us, so that in him we would become the righteousness of God (2 Corinthians 5:21).
• I am no longer a slave, but a child and an heir.
So you are no longer a slave but a son, and if you are a son, then you are also an heir through God (Galatians 4:7).
• I have been set free in Christ.
For freedom Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not be subject again to the yoke of slavery (Galatians 5:1).
• I have been blessed with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places.
Blessed is the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms in Christ (Ephesians 1:3).
• I am chosen, holy, and blameless before God.
For he chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world that we may be holy and unblemished in his sight in love (Ephesians 1:4).
• My new self is righteous and holy.
… Put on the new man who has been created in God’s image–in righteousness and holiness that comes from truth (Ephesians 4:24).
• The peace of God guards my heart and mind.
And the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:7).
• God supplies all my needs.
And my God will supply your every need according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19).
• I have been made complete in Christ.
… You have been filled in him, who is the head over every ruler and authority (Colossians 2:10).
Now, I know that’s a long list. But I want you to read it again. Slowly. And absorb the things God says about you. And know that this is a small portion of the wonderful attributes we have in Christ Jesus.
Okay. Did you read it again? Let’s keep rolling!
I think it’s vitally important to remember who we really are. In fact, I think it’s so important that the enemy of our soul spends a lot of time trying to make us forget or trying to deceive us into believing that we are the “less than” image the world like to project on us.
Why is it important to remember who you are? Because if you forget, you may forget to do the things you’re supposed to do. If I forget that I’m a mom, I may not take good care of my kids. If I forget that I’m a lunch lady, I may forget to go to work.
Likewise, if I forget who God says I am, I may forget to act like it. I don’t believe God puts us on this earth and saves us for no reason. I believe He intends for us to use our gifts to help others. And He wants us to tell others about Him. If we forget who we are, we can’t point people back to God. And we can’t experience the richness of His presence the way He intends.
So. Who are you? If you’re still not sure, go back and read the list again. Then get out there and show the world who they’re dealing with!
Be blessed and tell someone you love them.