(Posted on April 21st, 2014)
As I was reading Romans chapter 6, I found myself standing on top of a cliff encircled by surging blue waves. Above all, I was on top of the whole world. This was all imaginative of course, but I was so engaged in the word that every little worry diminished. I was completely surrounded by my little understanding of his amazing grace and little to say...it was glorious.
"The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God. In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus." - Romans 6: 10-11
How empowering is this verse? He loved us so much, he liberated us from our heavy chains of sins! Now back to the illustration I painted earlier....
During that ephemeral moment I heard a faint whisper, a reminder, that my identity is in Christ and only him. It wasn't a new formulation of thought, but one that often escapes my mind as I try to find a substitute for the real deal. I know at times I seek comfort, stability, dependency, and my worth in the wrong places. To be completely honest, it takes a while for me to realize that I'm searching in the wrong places until I feel this endless dissatisfaction in my heart. In fact, for a whole semester I was fighting myself when it came to choosing my major/career. I kept telling myself to pick a career in the medical field, because of the newly fear installed inside of me (clearly I did not want to go into that field). But my dear friends, a decision made in fear, is not a good decision at all. You see I was fearful of my future that I misplaced my trust and dependency onto the wrong things.
We tend to search for our worth by the amount of attention we can receive from others, the type of clothing that wraps around our bodies, and even the valuable materialistic possessions we prize. We search for dependency by the false embellishments of the value place inside of them. I've done it before, and most likely so have you.
"For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God."
So today, I'm reminding you to refocus or clean the speck off of your camera lens and focus on them onto Christ. With our eyes set upon him, we won't need other people or earthly possessions to determine our worth. We must continuously remind ourselves that worth are not derived from such things. We are what God has told us in the bible, let us fill ourselves with the truth and validity of his words!