Randy Bayne

The Importance of Knowing Who You Are

This morning I read Colossians 3:12-17 in my Bible. It is a passage in which the Apostle Paul gives us a list of virtues we ought to have, and ought to display.

  • compassion
  • kindness
  • humility
  • gentleness
  • patience
  • forgiveness
  • love

Who I am

These virtues, so necessary for the Christian life, are not really commanded as much as they are the supernatural result of my accepting my identity in Christ. In other words, these are things I should be doing, “as God’s chosen.” In Christ I am “holy and dearly loved,” and so to be compassionate, kind, humble, gentle, patient, forgiving, and loving should follow. These are part of who I am in Christ.

At the beginning of this chapter, Paul writes, “since you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above…For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God” (Colossians 3:1-3).

As a Christian, it is important that I know and confess who I am in Christ. This is not necessarily a verbal confession, but a confession to myself. A recognition that I am a child of God, forever a part of the family of God. As such, I am set free from the bondage to sin and death. I am free to walk in the same manner as Jesus walked (1 John 2:6) and let those around me see the light of Christ.

There are times I don’t think about who I am. When that happens, I confess my error, and the Lord is gracious to forgive. Then the Holy Spirit reminds me of who I am, and I turn and walk in renewed strength.

As a Christian, it is important that I know and confess who I am in Christ.

Know who you are

Know who you are in Christ. It will help you on your walk as a Christian. Think about it and keep it at the forefront so that it is constantly on your mind when you go through tough situations. Of course, you already know this, but some of you need to hear it again.

You may be reading this but can’t say you are a child of God. You have never become a believer. Thanks for reading. I hope you have gained some insight and will comment. I would like to know your thoughts. Perhaps you would like to go deeper, know more than this simple blog post can tell you. I invite you to leave a comment or contact me so we can begin a conversation.

A few months ago I wrote a short post about my coming to know Jesus. Perhaps you will find it helpful. Click the button below to read it.

Thanks for reading. I appreciate everyone who takes a couple minutes to see what I have written. May the Lord richly bless you.

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