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Do You Know Who You Are? Part II

Do You Know Who You Are - Part II
Do You Know Where You are Going?

For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:10 (NKJV)

In Part I of this devotion we looked at the question that each of us face at some point, and that is, "Who am I?"   We determined that our identity should "Only" be found in Christ Jesus - it shouldn't be in what we do, where we live, or what we possess in this world.  We learned the enemy (Satan), and his fallen angels will continually throw lies at us to attempt to get us to believe that our identity is in something other than Christ.  We then gave 25-additional truths that each of us as Christians should know about our "New" and "Proper" identity in Christ.

2 Corinthians 5:17 tells us truthfully that "if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new."  So after we are told who we truly are as Christian believers in, we are given direction as to where we should be going and what it is that we should be doing.

Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation. 2 Corinthians 5:18-19 (NKJV)

So we are to go out throughout the world and share the Gospel message with whomever we can - a message of reconciliation.  We have been reconciled to God once our sin has been forgiven, and we should now share with others this same message and same opportunity.
Let's take a look at the next couple of scriptures in 2 Corinthians as we are told clearly how to do this.  

Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ's behalf, be reconciled to God. For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. 2 Corinthians 5:20-21 (NKJV)

So, as ambassadors for Christ, we are to speak in such a way as if it were God "Pleading" through us for them to be reconciled unto Him - now that's passionate!  And the message that we are conveying is simple, God made Him (Jesus) who knew no sin to be sin for "Us," that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.  That word, "Righteous" means, justified, or not guilty. So this means that we, who have confessed Jesus as Lord, have been declared "Not guilty" by His sacrifice.  

I received an email the other day that contained a story that applies to this message.  In January of 2000, Billy Graham was invited to a luncheon in his honor.  Billy initially hesitated to accept the invitation because he
struggled with Parkinson's disease. But the Charlotte leaders said, "We don't expect a major address. Just come and let us honor you."  So he agreed...

After wonderful things were said about him, Dr. Graham stepped to the rostrum, looked at the crowd, and said, "I'm reminded today of Albert Einstein, the great physicist who this month has been honored by Time magazine as the Man of the Century. Einstein was once traveling from Princeton on a train when the conductor came down the aisle, punching the tickets of every passenger. When he came to Einstein, Einstein reached in his vest pocket. He couldn't find his ticket, so he reached in his trouser pockets. It wasn't there, so he looked in his briefcase but couldn't find it. Then he looked in the seat beside him. He still couldn't find it. The conductor said, 'Dr. Einstein, I know who you are.  We all know who you are. I'm sure you bought a ticket. Don't worry about it.' Einstein nodded appreciatively. The conductor continued down the aisle punching tickets.. As he was ready to move to the next car, he turned around and saw the great physicist down on his hands and knees looking under his seat for his ticket.

The conductor rushed back and said, 'Dr. Einstein, Dr. Einstein, don't worry, I know who you are No problem...You don't need a ticket.  I'm sure you bought one.  Einstein looked at him and said, "Young man, I too, know who I am. What I don't know is where I'm going.'

Having said that Billy Graham continued, "See the suit I'm wearing? It's a brand new suit. My children and my grandchildren
are telling me I've gotten a little slovenly in my old age. I used to be a bit more fastidious. So I went out and bought a new suit for this luncheon and one more occasion. You know what that occasion is? This is the suit in which I'll be buried... But when you hear I'm dead, I don't want you to immediately remember the suit I'm wearing. I want you to remember this, I not only know who I am ...I also know where I'm going."

Look folks, we don't have to be Billy Graham to be an effective witness, we just need to be willing to allow God to speak through us in a passionate way - as one who believes and is thankful for what they know to be true.  And it should be with a sense of urgency as well since we know that Christ's return is imminent.  

STUDY QUESTION: What can we learn from the Scriptures contained within this devotional with regard to our identity, and God's purpose for our life?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you willing to share the saving message of Jesus Christ in such a way as if it were God personally pleading through you to that person you're speaking to?

APPLICATION: Ask God to give you the boldness and the opportunity to share the Gospel message today.

Father, Thank You for allowing me to know who I am, and to know where I am going.  Thank You for preparing a place for me, and for promising to come back and receive me.  Lord, help me to remember my purpose here on earth.  Give me the power and boldness to share the Gospel message with whomever you lead me to.  In Jesus precious name, amen...

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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