“Who are you?” can be a silly question.

But it can also be an important question to answer.

Superficially, you may respond by giving your first name or your job function.

But the the more significant reply would be your identity from the One who designed you.

Wayne Alcorn, pastor of Hope Centre in Australia and president of Australian Christian Centre, shared a powerful message at the Every Nation World Conference.

As a ministry, we are called to be a missional organization. Missions is both down the street and around the world.

We are called not only to bring salvation but also transformation. We are missionaries to the city God has put us in.

But if we want to see city wide transformation, it starts with a personal transformation.

And transformation doesn’t happen by me trying hard to love God but by realizing how much I am loved by Him.

Luke 3:22 narrates to us the story of Jesus’ baptism. It is where God makes a statement. He says, “this is my Son, whom I love, of whom I am well pleased.”

Two things: “I love you and I am proud of you.” This is what God told His Son.

When we know how God sees us, then it doesn’t matter what people may say.
When I call him father, it identifies him as my dad and it identifies me as his son.

God wants us to discover who we are on the basis of what He says not on what others say.

When you know who you are, then you are unshakeable.
When you don’t know who you are, you will be flattered by praise and flattened by criticism.

When I don’t know who I am, I tend to damage relationships.
Insecure people interpret disagreements as rejection.
Insecurity makes leaders control freaks. They live life with self-entitlement.

How can we transform our world if we haven’t been transformed by His love?

Do you know who you are in Christ?

 

 

 

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