Who we are ignites what we do.
So who are we?
This question burns at the heart of every man, woman, and child. See, in Genesis 3, the world broke. Man became alienated from God, his fellow man, creation, and himself. We forget that last one. We are alienated from ourselves. We don’t know who we are, what are purpose is, or if we’re even worth it. Especially in western thought, this self-examination, self-loathing, depression, and suicide is rampant and deadly.
It’s even worse in the church.
In the western church, there is this constant pressure to “measure up”, but to what? All I know is that I can never measure up. Nothing I do is ever of any value. It is like a mist. It appears for a moment and then is gone. And I feel like a failure.
But that’s because it’s not about what I do. It never is I can never “do” enough. It’s about who I am.
So who am I? Why doesn’t the church answer this question more often?
We’re the only ones with the answer.
I’ve heard it said about church leaders that, “Our efforts to control people only betray our inability to convert them” and “the more we tell someone who they are, the less we have to tell them what to do.”
So who am I?
The answer to this question is buried behind the answer to the question “who is Jesus?”
The Gospel of John lays out for us 7 statements of Jesus that start with the phrase, “I am.”
These are definitive statements of Jesus’ identity. In him, we find our identity. So over the next couple of weeks and next 7 posts, we are going to go over the 7 “I am” statements of Jesus in the Gospel of John and what they tell us about who we are in Christ.
Because if we know who we are, it will ignite a response. It will ignite a lifestyle of worship to what Christ has done for us.