Yesterday, my post entitled “Who Am I” discussed our identity in Christ. Today, here is a prayerful consideration of “Who Are You?” in relationship to fellow Christ-followers.
Here are three steps:
STEP 1: ADOPT A CHRIST-FOLLOWER WORLDVIEW
Understanding who we are in Christ shapes our view of the world and our role in it.
STEP 2: ADOPT A SERVANT-LEADER WORLDVIEW
We are here to serve (Mark 10:45).
STEP 3: OBEDIENTLY FOLLOW GOD’S WORD
Here are three of the best scriptures that lead us in doing Steps 1 and 2:
1 Corinthians 12:27: “Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.”
- Every believer has a unique and indispensable role in Christ’s Church.
- We are not isolated entities; we function as a family, bound together by faith irrespective of our denominational bias.
- Every Christ-follower is a part of the total body of Christ. Our individual actions, attitudes, and even inactions affect the well-being of the entire Family of Believers.
Galatians 6:2: “Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way, you will fulfill the law of Christ.”
- When in hardship, we must not struggle in isolation.
- We support one another, to share burdens and make them lighter.
- This shared responsibility provides relief and deepens connections between believers.
John 13:34-35: “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this, everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
- Sharing Christ’s love is our primary directive and priority.
- We make a conscious choice to put others’ well-being and interests ahead of our own.
- This love is the hallmark of discipleship. When we love fellow believers as Jesus loved us, we cultivate deeper bonds and present a unified witness to unbelievers.
We are interconnected members of one body, bearers of each other’s burdens, and, most importantly, we are marked by the profound love of Christ. To be a true Christ-follower, I must love you with Christ’s love, for you are my sister and brother, in a truer sense than my blood relatives. My actions tell me if this is just a good idea I have accepted, or if it is really how I am living my life. For me, I need to be reminded daily that this needs to be how I live out my identity in Christ, and how I see you for who you really are. If you are not having a daily quiet time of scripture reading, prayer, and meditation on God’s Word, you are missing the best that Christ has to offer.
Let’s continually ask ourselves in our daily quiet times:
- How am I treating my brothers and sisters?
- Am I honoring them as essential parts of Christ’s body?
- Am I helping to ease their burdens? And am I loving them as Christ loves me?
In asking “Who Are You?” we find Christ’s greatest purpose for our human existence.
Your aspiring servant,
September 7, 2023
POSTSCRIPT: Dear friends, if this daily, transparent “Conversations with Christ” blesses you, please go to www.SOLIDpastors.org, where you will find these posted, and a repository of all, in English and Spanish. Note: All scriptures quoted are from the NIV.
If you ever want to chat, you can reach me at Daniel@SOLIDpastors.org. May Christ bless you richly as you have your own intimate, daily conversations with Christ.