My wife and I were at dinner just this past week at our favorite little dinner spot. This particular night an island-type, steel drum band was playing their version of some popular music. It was fun, upbeat, and you could see people clapping along, some tapping their feet, and little kids moving to the music as they ate their food. Then all of a sudden two teenagers darted to the front and started dancing! They were having a blast…and a few more joined them, then a few more. Soon some little kids pulling their parents joined the fun. It was a joy. They were all smiles just being their happy selves.
I was loving it, and so was the crowd, we were all smiles too. As they danced on and I was enjoying my Greek Salad I was thinking how wonderful that these kids let loose to express themselves, to let out the joy and festivity of who they are. Now there were others who you could tell really wanted to jump up and dance too, but they were either too embarrassed, too shy, or held back by someone else. Like the frustrated mom who was wrestling with getting her kids to eat as they kept wandering towards the allure of the dance party or the older grandpa who’s rhythm was just about a beat off and every time he stood up to what looked like he was going to join in, got pulled back to his seat by his family.
As I was enjoying the scene of those expressing themselves and those wanting to, but not able to join, the dance party turned into follow-the-leader-conga-line as they moved out in the crowd and others joined in the fun. It was wonderful as people who were a bit timid were coaxed to join in and they too were able to let out their joyful self.
I love it when people can be themselves and fully express who they are. The key is knowing who we are. Did you know the Bible has a lot to say about who we are? If you have come to the place in your life where you have believed in Jesus, wow, get ready, because God has reset us back to our original design and connection with Him.
2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!
Not only that, we have been made part of God’s forever family
Ephesians 1:4-5 For He chose us in Him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in His sight. In love He predestined (chose in advance) us to be adopted as His sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with His pleasure and will–
Now as God’s adopted sons and daughters we have an amazing identity.
1 Peter 2:9 But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light.
We also are Jesus’ friend.
John 15:15 I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.
Chosen for significance and given purpose.
John 15:16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit– fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.
Ephesians 2:10 For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
And the Bible has so much more to help us know who we really are, so do please read up and continue to discover your uniqueness. For who we are matters. It’s important because much in this world tears us down and causes us to believe we are less; that we are the cruel hurtful words people say, that we are the mistakes we make, that we are the devaluing labels given to us, that we are worthless, unwanted, invisible and insignificant. Yet that is not true!! You are more!
Hold your head up, walk in to your day with confidence, deal with the difficulties of life; work, school, home, family, self, knowing who you are in Christ…for who matters…So get up and join the celebration of who you are in the Lord.
Seeking to be the who God made me to be along with you,
PS Thanks again for your encouraging words, nice replies, comments, and ‘likes’ (from those who view this on Facebook) you have given regarding these weekly posts, they have made me smile.