who am i ???

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 :)


Sarah Forgrave said...

Well said, Susan. I look forward to your People Posts. :)

Laurie said...

I'm looking forward to this series.

Jeanette Levellie said...

I like the idea of little i ams. Almost typed I am--you were right, it's hard to break that habit!

Something that's helped me tremendously is saying, "That's not my nature," when tempted to sin. Knowing my little i am to overcome deception has give me victory.

Love you, dear friend,

Rhonda Schrock said...

This sounds interesting. Good analogy, by the way!

Jan Cline said...

Ive been learning a lot lately about the importance of securing and practicing our identity in Jesus. We tend to identify ourselves with so many other things that leave us empty and take too much room in our hearts and minds.
Thanks for a good post.

Faith Imagined said...

I love your analogy regarding the little "i" and big "I". I know exactly what you talking about both literally and spiritually. Sounds like an amazing series and a blessing to your loved ones!

Cheri Bunch said...

Hi Susan,
I tried to leave you a comment when I was in Chicago this past weekend but it would not send.
I wanted to say that I love your post. I am so excited about your work.
I was thinking as I read your post that I often remind myself that my Father is a creator and I am created in His image. I often remind myself that I must have some of that powerful creative ability because of that fact. I especially need this reminder when I am haunted by the blank page!!!
Looking forward to holding your book in my hands and putting the words into my heart!

Many blessings!

quietspirit said...

I like the premise of your book. You have my attention.