As some of you know, the subject of my book (still a work-in-progress) is who we are in Christ. There are many books on the names and titles of God, but precious few on who He says we are. Each chapter of my book looks at a different identity that He calls us - an ambassador, the bride, a part of the body, a child, clay, salt, light, a servant, sheep, a shepherd, etc. Since God is called the Great I AM, I call these identities "little i am's."
You know, it's hard to type a little "i" since Word automatically changes my little "i" to a capital "I." It takes constant effort to repeatedly undo that "I" and insert the lower case "i." To me, this illustrates the constant struggle to keep God (capital I AM) on the throne and not me (little i am).
But the Great I AM made us "little i am's" in His image and for His purpose. By maintaining a sense of who He made us to be, we are encouraged and become more confident to do what He wants us to do.
- When I feel alone and cut off, it helps me to remember that I am a branch of the Vine.
- If I'm under attack, I recall the weapons at my disposal as a soldier of the most high Commander-in-Chief.
- Should I feel crushed under my circumstances, I'll remember the refining process used by the Potter.
- When I feel unloved, I'm comforted to know that I am loved unconditionally by my Bridegroom.
- If I feel I cannot go on, I learn to press on like an athlete running a marathon.
Over the next few weeks, I'm excited to share what I'm calling "People Posts" based on random people in my life who through their character or circumstances exemplify a particular God-given identity. Stay tuned. You never know, you could be next :)