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Thursday, January 5, 2017

Being Confident In Whom I Belong To

In review of John 8:12, it says, “When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life’”

Bottom Line:
Jesus is the light of the world. When you follow him you will have the light of life and will never walk in darkness.

What this means to me:
Jesus is the light of the world. When I follow him, I won’t be walking in the dark, because he will reveal the light that leads to life.

When Jesus said, “I am the light of the world,” he was defining himself. He was saying, “I know who I am.” There are about 18 times in the Bible, where Jesus said, “I am” and then gave a description. He described himself as the door, the bread of life, the way, the truth, the resurrection, and the life. Over and over, he defined himself. Jesus knew very well who he was (and still is) and, as a result, he was not under any pressure.

What I’m learning is, that this, is the principle of identity. As long as I’m unsure of my own identity, I’m going to be pressured to fit into other’s molds which ends up manipulating me, rather than what God made me to be.

A major form of stress in my life is coming from me trying to be somebody that I’m not. Especially when I fear that someone’s going to find out what I’m really like and that I might not be able to keep up the façade.

Today’s verse and study help me to realize that the only way to counterbalance the outside external pressures is to have an internal sense of satisfaction about who I am and who God made me to be. This is discovered by knowing whom I really belong to.

The Bible says that I was created by God and deeply loved by him. I’m accepted just as I am. Furthermore He has a plan for my life. Until I settle my issue of identity, I will be insecure and pressured by stress making it difficult to serve others.

Jesus constantly did things that surprised everybody else. He put himself below others and served them. None of the other disciples would have ever thought to wash each other’s feet in the Upper Room because of their insecurity. But Jesus always served from a position of strength. He knew who and whose he was, so it didn’t matter that he lowered himself to serve them.

Service comes from my convictions. Until I overcome my insecurity and feel good about myself, I won’t feel like helping anyone else. So today, I will work toward being secure in who I am and whom I belong to so that I can effectively serve others.