Sunday morning, my pastor preached a fantastic sermon titled, “Relationship Comes with Responsibility.” You can listen to it online here:
Then, Tuesday night, I saw the new movie, “Overcomer.” The main character in the movie is a basketball coach and history teacher at his local Christian high school. Without giving too much away, he realizes that he is finding his identity in his job, rather than in his relationship with Christ. The other main character, a teenage girl named Hannah, is amazed when she learns who she is in Christ while reading Ephesians 1-2 in the Bible. Hannah realizes that as a child of God, she is loved, redeemed and forgiven.
So … What about ME? Who am I … and how, then, should I live?
- I am a created being, created in the image of God, on purpose, for a purpose … so I should live daily with purpose and hope.
- I am a disciple of Jesus, called to make more disciples of Jesus … so I should intentionally study God’s Word and share the gospel with others.
- I am a forgiven and redeemed child of God … so I should forgive others and help them to be reconciled with God, too.
But, my relationship with God is not my only role in life. God has given other relationships, roles and responsibilities as well.
- I am a wife … so my husband should be a priority in my life.
- I am a homemaker … so I should clean my house and cook dinner for my family.
- I am a mother … so I should love and disciple my children with diligence.
- I am a homeschooler … so I should faithfully teach and train my children in the way they should go.
Like many Christians, I can tend to overemphasize one area of my life and overlook another one.
Yes, indeed, my identity is found in Christ.
- Who am I? I am a forgiven child of God.
- Who am I? I am His workmanship, created on purpose for a purpose.
- Who am I? I am a disciple of Jesus, called to make more disciples.
But, I am also a wife, homemaker, mother and homeschooler to the glory of God. These titles, too, have value and worth.
May everything I do be done to the praise of God who created me, saved me, and redeemed me … and gave me a home and a husband and children.