This is Who I Am

This is Who I Am

Who are you? Before you continue reading on who are you, there are lots of things that you could be but, what really defines you? Maybe it is that you are known for your ears like the elephant, Dumbo. Perhaps you are the leader of the bunch like Woody in the Toy Story movies making sure all of the other toys are ok. You could be chasing after things like the Ghostbusters in the past or just maybe you are like Michelangelo from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. You have a fun loving personality even when things are difficult. Maybe you are the Roadrunner in The Looney Tunes, always running from danger but never truly safe. But when you really think about who you really are, what defines you?

There was a time where all we were was sinners. People who, ever since the Garden of Eden, have been causing issues for God and running the complete opposite way than the way God would like us to run. We look at all of the things that have happened in the past and let those things define us. “I am a failure”, “I am not good enough”, “This sin controls me, and I have no hope.”  In fact, Romans 3:23 reminds us that, “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Ouch. Even towards the end of Ecclesiastes in chapter 7, the author is contrasting both wisdom and folly. In verse 20 the author says, “Surely there is not a righteous man on earth who does good and never sins.”

The author is right. All of us are guilty of being sinners. It is a problem that we alone can’t handle. Sin is something that we alone can’t handle. We could easily say that Sin is who I am. Fortunately for us, sin is not who we are. God had a plan for us. God knew that we needed help and needed someone who could pay the debt that we could never pay. Jesus enters the picture. Jesus shows us the way of life. He teaches us the things that we need to know in this lifetime. But Jesus also dies on the Cross to open up a door for us. Jesus takes our sins on his shoulders so that we have a chance in life.

When we get baptized we declare that Jesus is Lord, that we believe in the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, but something else happens too. Our old self passes away and we are raised up a new creation. We are made new. This is who we are. New creations made by Christ who strive to grow our relationship with God more each and every day. Our past doesn’t define us, our current situation doesn’t define us. Our definition is found in Christ.

This is who I am. I have been born again. The Cross is my defense in life. My hope is secured in Jesus. My life is in the hand of the Lord and on every word I stand. I am finding all I am in all that Jesus is. I am a new creation that has been made new by the sacrifice of Jesus. Who are you?

Be Blessed,
Mark Casella