IDENTITY PT. 1
Hey everyone! I know it’s been a while since my last blog post. A lot has been going on. Actually, I don’t really have an excuse- but now, I’m glad to say, I’m catching up! Today and next week we’re going to look at identity. Now, I know this is an extremely broad topic, so I’m going to go in narrow. My main point is this- How we see ourselves will determine the kind of worship we will bring. In other words, if we are going to worship “effectively”, we need to know who we are.
We’ve learned so far that with thanksgiving we bring a sacrifice, with worship we are the sacrifice. Worship has everything to do with the presence, not only for us to be with Him, but also for Him to be with us. It’s a two way connection. Heidi Baker says “You have to be present for the presence.” That says it perfectly.
Many times we function as “human doings” and not “human beings.” In this day, there’s a tendency to base our identity on what we do instead of simply being who we are. For example, if I feed the poor and pray for the sick, that must mean I’m a good person. We could say the same thing about worship. There’s a tendency to do things to worship God (Ex. I must sing, or I must play the guitar or do something to be a worshipper) rather than worshipping with who you are saying “Here I am.” So “be” not “do”, make sense so far? Because when you know who you are, you won’t have to worry about what you do. You will produce the fruit of who you are.
Let’s look now at Roman 12:1-2:
“There, I urge you, brothers and sister, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God- this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the patter of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of Your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is- His good, pleasing and perfect will.
Here, Paul teaches us “Offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, Holy and pleasing to God.” I’d like to suggest that although I believe we are to offer ourselves as a holy and consecrated lifestyle to Him, which is good, I’d like to extend this by saying that I also believe we are holy not through our own eyes, or others, but through His.
Verse 2 says “Do not conform to the patter of this world.” The patter of this world says that identity is shaped by what others think, but I believe that the renewed mind causes us to see ourselves the way God sees us. We have been made in God’s image and likeness. So, it’s ok to “I’m amazing.” Why? Because my Father is amazing. So, I’m holy because He is holy. Through the cross we bear the image of His son. This is who we are. Though we must never raise ourselves higher than God, we must worship Him by offering ourselves the way that He sees us. More on this next week.