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August 3, 2012 Christian contemporary music

Who Am I? Remind me whose I am.

Do you have a positive identity?Do you know that you are beloved? One of life’s most amazing experiences is finding yourself in God. If you don’t yet know that you are God’s beloved or if you keep forgetting that you are God’s treasure, this message is especially for you.

This post was inspired by Jason Gray‘s fabulous song called “Remind Me Who I Am”. It’s about the struggle we face when we forget whose we are, what is our true identity, and that faith is not about self-help.

“In the mirror all I see
is who I don’t wanna be
Remind me who I am”

The song is based on Romans 7:17-25 (MSG): “But I need something more! For if I know the law but still can’t keep it, and if the power of sin within me keeps sabotaging my best intentions, I obviously need help! I realize that I don’t have what it takes. I can will it, but I can’t do it. I decide to do good, but I don’t really do it; I decide not to do bad, but then I do it anyway. My decisions, such as they are, don’t result in actions. Something has gone wrong deep within me and gets the better of me every time. It happens so regularly that it’s predictable. The moment I decide to do good, sin is there to trip me up. I truly delight in God’s commands, but it’s pretty obvious that not all of me joins in that delight. Parts of me covertly rebel, and just when I least expect it, they take charge. I’ve tried everything and nothing helps. I’m at the end of my rope. Is there no one who can do anything for me? Isn’t that the real question? The answer, thank God, is that Jesus Christ can and does. He acted to set things right in this life of contradictions where I want to serve God with all my heart and mind, but am pulled by the influence of sin to do something totally different.” 

I’ve written often about this dilemma how to live as a saint and a sinner. We need to learn as recovering sinners to lean on the power to not to sin. We can’t do it. But Christ can!

“Remind me who I am
If I’m Your beloved
Can You help me believe it
Tell me once again who I am to You”

We do need reminders that we matter and to whom we belong.
We do need reminders that even though we fail, God does not.
We do need reminders that it’s not about us but about Christ!

Sometimes we can believe that we are saved in our heads but not in our hearts. We can’t quite understand that God would really think us – sinners – as his beloveds. But it is true. We are pre-approved for God by Christ. And God does not take his grace back; forgiven really means forgiven. Whatever you’ve done,  grace is always more!

Jason Gray shared in an interview about this song’s message “If only we could learn to run to Christ, the One who calls us His beloved, His bride, the child that He chose to welcome into His family. We would hear Him tell us that we are enough because He says so. We would hear Him call us His treasure, and we would come alive.”

Gracious God,
Help us to believe
that we are your beloved,
that forgiven means forgiven,
that grace is always more.
Enable us to embrace your grace
and be alive in Christ.
Empower us by your Holy Spirit
to become holy like you.
In Jesus’ name,
Amen

Q4U: Do you have hard time believing that you are God’s beloved?

Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you joyfully continue your life as God’s beloved!

Image courtesy of Michelle Collins. Linking up today with Thought-Provoking Thursdays and  Faith Filled Friday.

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