Casting Crowns, a Christian rock band, recorded “Who Am I” in 2004. (I still think of this as a “new” song, even though it’s already a decade old!) Written by Mark Hall, the song opens with powerful questions: “Who am I that the Lord of all the earth would care to know my name, care to feel my hurt? Who am I that the Bright and Morning Star would choose to light the way of my ever-wandering heart?” Ponder those questions for a few moments. Have you ever thought “why does God love me? Does he really care what happens to me? Why should he even notice me?” I know I have. It’s human nature. “Who am I?” drives us to the Bible and the Scriptures provide solid answers to the question.
God created you. “Then God said, ‘Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness’.” (Genesis 1:26, NRSV) He designed you. He gave you life. From the dust, he breathed “into your nostrils” and you became a living being. You are made in HIS image! The Psalmist writes “For it was you who formed my inward parts; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; that I know very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes beheld my unformed substance. In your book were written all the days that were formed for me, when none of them as yet existed.” (Psalm 139:13-16, NRSV)
God loves you. Since the fall of humanity in the Garden of Eden, when Adam and Eve disobeyed God, and the close, intimate relationship between God and creation was broken, God had a plan to restore his creation, including you (and me). He loves us so much and wants to restore our relationship with our Creator that he sent his Son to die for our sins: “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.” (John 3:16, NRSV) And the Apostle Paul reassures us of God’s love: “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, just as he chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world to be holy and blameless before him in love. He destined us for adoption as his children through Jesus Christ, according to the good pleasure of his will.” (Ephesians 1:3-5, NRSV)
God chases after you. “Where can I go from your spirit? Or where can I flee from your presence? If I ascend to heaven, you are there; if I make my bed in Sheol , you are there. If I take the wings of the morning and settle at the farthest limits of the sea, even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me fast.” (Psalm 139:7-10, NRSV) We may choose to ignore God, evade him, deny him, but his love for us is so great, even his gift to us of free will cannot and will not keep him from chasing after us because of his great love.
God is your Father. Christ is our brother. Disobedient as we are, God claims us as his children. “See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and that is what we are.” (1 John 3:1, NRSV) In our Baptism, God claims us as his children and we become part of an extended family that spans every time and place. We are his Holy Church, the Body of Christ, with Christ as the head.
So then, to answer the question, “Who am I?” You are a blessed child of God who loves you enough to never let you go!
Heavenly Father, grant that we may always remember your great love for us and that there is nothing that will separate us from the love we have in you through Christ Jesus. Give us strength to walk daily in the knowledge that we are the work of your loving hands. We praise your Holy Name. In the name of Jesus, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God now and forever. Amen
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