Cars, Clothes, and Careers Do Not Define You. But What Does?


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Who are you? Who am I? When we introduce ourselves to others, a condensed and abridged version of who we actually are is presented. Our families, careers, preferences of entertainment, and political leanings are presented in the simplest of “small-talk.” Married with a child, teacher, and avid coffee fan scarcely scratches the surface of who I actually am.

Unfortunately many do not plumb the depths of their soul and mind in their own private reflection, let alone with others.

If all elements of “who you are” in conversations and relationships—music, film, style, work, family, or sports—were stripped away, who would you be? We construct our identity around the stuff we have and the preferences we desire—supposedly a reflection of who we are. Cars, clothes, and careers no more define or demonstrate who you are than does the wrapping paper of a present.

It is the habit of most to see the surface elements of life and think they know themselves or others. We build relationships with some and not others because our “wrapping paper” is more similar than that one over there.

For the Christian, we have something so deep and profound in the very makeup of who we are, we scarcely recognize it.

Paul describes us as perfect now, already children of the Most High God.

“Dear friends, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet been revealed. We know that when He appears, we will be like Him, because we will see Him as He is. And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself just as He is pure.” — 1 John 3:2-3

We are His children now. No matter who you are, no matter what you have done, or what sins or doubts you are wrestling with, you are His—and the reality of that has not yet been fully revealed.

Look past the paper, in yourself and others, and see who you really are.


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