Have you ever been asked this question: “Just who do you think you are?” If I may, I’d really like to help you answer that question.
This Sunday’s message is called “What Makes You, You” and it’s taken from a section of Scripture in 1 Peter 2:4-10. We will get a fresh look at our identity through God’s eyes – an identity that declares us radically beloved by our great God.
Identity theft has become rampant in our nation. I’ve been victimized myself as someone used my name to purchase some really lousy CD’s from a music club. It was bad enough that they used my credit card information to make a purchase, but the absolutely terrible taste of music selections made the crime a near-felony from my perspective. Someone pretended to be me because being themself wasn’t enough.
In the movies, Jason Bourne forgot who he was. He could remember how to do all sorts of cool things but he did not know his identity. Maybe you, too, can do plenty of cool things but do you know what really makes you, you?
I read an article about a man in Ocean Springs, Mississippi whose last name is Unknown. This gentleman’s last name really is “Unknown.” What’s his name? Unknown. Almost sounds like a comedy routine.
His full name is Nikone Unknown. Mr. Unknown owns a restaurant in Ocean Springs. Mr. Unknown acquired that name when he immigrated to the United States from Laos in 1979. Unknown feared revealing his real name to immigration officials, who simply listed his last name as “unknown.” Unknown’s wife is Ratchanee Unknown, and his son is Nick Unknown.
This world is filled with people who think they are unknown, unimportant or forgotten. In Jesus Christ we find out who we really are and there are no “people of unimportance” in God’s eyes.
Just who do you think you are? God can help you answer that question and His answers will nourish your spirit. Again, our scripture this Sunday is 1 Peter 2:4-10. Why don’t you read it in advance, ask God to write it on your heart, and come expecting to be blessed and be a blessing to those around you.
Have a great weekend,