Friday, April 20, 2012

Who are you?

I ask you, who are you?
How would you respond?
Would you tell me what you do for a living aka your professional title? Would you tell me your name? Would you tell me what you have done. I ask because when you read a person's bio, it normally serves to answer the question, who are you? However most people's bio tends to say what they do, what they've done, and what they are trying do. Rarely do you read a bio that clearly states who they are.

For example, who am I? I am Kristin. A child of God, an heir to the kingdom in heaven with Christ. That is who I am.

No where in there do you see me refer to job or my position at church. You do not see me refer to any gift I have received via Christ & the Spirit. Many time what you do and who you are get crossed and too closely intertwined. Many times you will notice the signs when what you do comes home with you at night. You notice it when what you do dictates how you interact with your family and friends.

I write this because I want people to embrace who they are and separate it from what they do. To fully understand who you are, you need to understand whose you are. When you know that you are a child of GOD. Then you can further define yourself and recognize your GOD given identity.

GOD gave you the life you live. Don't you think HE defined it as well. Be who GOD said you are. Not what you have decided to do. (Two entirely different things)

Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God. (John 1:12)

And that is who you are, children of GOD.

I love you. More importantly, your Father in heave, GOD loves you.

Who you are can be defined through Christ? Seek Him and allow Him to reveal who you are.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Jesus Christ

Today feels like a brand new beginning. 
Last night I watched the Passion of the Christ. And I cried. I know what we read but to see it visually is something completely different. It gives you a more appreciative look at Christ sacrificing himself for US. Even while they we beating Him, cursing Him, nailing Him to the cross...Jesus was praying for them. He was asking God to forgive them and to have mercy on them because they were ignorant of the truth. 
Jesus personified His teaching. He specifically taught us to pray for those who persecute us. And that is what He did.
Jesus gave His life for our sins. He didn't have a simple and nice death. He had one the most painful and gruesome deaths that could be given at that time. 

So when you give your life to Christ. Do so remembering all that He endured for us, for our sins, for your sins! Be serious about the commitment you make to Him, because He was serious about the commitment He made to us.

Everyday die daily. Die to your flesh. Jesus paid the price for your sins, for your life. So die to your flesh so that you may glory Him that paid the price for your life.

I feel like I have a whole new lease on life. Just knowing that Jesus loved me that much, to endure so much pain for my life. I am unworthy, yet He deemed me worthy. And I choose to glorify Him with this life that He gave me.

I ask that you join me in glorifying the Lord with our lives. In helping others to see the truth, to recognize it and to give their lives to Christ. So that they may live abundantly in Him as well.

If you want to know the abundance that is in Christ. Look back at Abraham, God gave him a son and took care of him. Look at Joesph, Joesph trusted God and God used him to eventually help his entire family. Look at Moses, someone who was used to lead God's people out of Egypt. There is a mighty abundance is Christ. And its available to those who believe & follow Christ.

BELIEVE & FOLLOW. These two go hand in hand. Christ's disciples were told 'follow me' and they believed in Him as well. 

Matthew 16:24
Jesus said to His disciples, if anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. (NIV)

No matter what version you read, you will read follow me.

John 14:1
Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God, believe also in Me.

Believe in Christ and follow Christ.

Your sister in Faith

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