Have you ever felt like you’ve forgotten who you are?
Like you were all disoriented and maybe could remember your name…but weren’t really sure what that meant anymore?
The last couple months were a little bit like that for me.
I was going through a very stressful time.
because of studies, exams, difficult situations in relationships, a lot of questions and just a general inner turmoil of emotions.
it felt like a mixture between a crazy roller coaster ride…
and trying to find my way through a fog while feeling sort of dizzy.
But I didn’t stay lost.
It was like…a time out, I suppose.
I am actually thankful for the time and feel it was so valuable to
really push the brakes and slow down a bit to get reoriented!
But these last couple weeks God reminded me
through so many truths of his word, the Bible
and through encouraging and challenging messages
that my identity
is in HIM.
And that if I remain close to HIS HEART
NOTHING can shake me.
Because HE’s got me.
And if I TOTALLY entrust myself, my life, my time,
my resources and dreams to him
HE will do something in and through me more powerful
than I can imagine.
I might not see it, or only in part,
but it is so real and so wonderful.
If you would also say that you have a personal
relationship with Jesus
that you are a child of God because you accepted Jesus
as your saviour,
then I also want to encourage you to find your identity in Jesus.
And know that
You are loved. Chosen. Empowered. By the blood of Christ!
For a purpose.
To KNOW HIM. To LOVE him. To WORSHIP him.
To give your life to HIM.
To glorify HIM.
To have an ever deeper and more intimate relationship with HIM.
First and foremost.
And THROUGH THAT.
HE will use you.
As a channel.
As a tool.
To further HIS kingdom here on earth.
His kingdom of peace, joy and righteousness in the Holy Spirit.
But that will come as a NATURAL outpouring of HIS heart in you.
As you seek HIS face.
HE will shine in your face.
So let HIM shine.
“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.
“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.
“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command. 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. You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. This is my command: Love each other.”
John 15,1-17 from the NIV Bible