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Who Do You Think You Are?

by Robert J. Young
©, 2003, Robert J. Young
[permission is given to reprint with credit noted]

Two dangers confront the Christian. Both are reflected in Scripture. Both are identity questions. A biblical admonition, "Do not think more highly of yourself than you ought." At the same time, we must know our value as persons made in the image of God. How can a Christian balance these two dynamics? How does one think rightly about self? Who are you? What are you to be about? Who do you think you are?

God wants us to make the most of the talents He has given us. This principle applies to students writing term papers, architects designing soaring skyscrapers, factory workers, and high-powered executives. We also know that as history unfolds, the greatest of human achievements and works will eventually become dust and ashes because they occur in the temporal realm.

Our greatest achievements are much like the sand castles on the seashore which are quickly washed away. Indeed, we are dust. John Calvin spoke of his prayers to God as "baby talk" when seen from God's perspective. Thornburn wrote, "All the genuine, deep delight in life is in showing people the mud pies you have made; and life is at its best when we confidingly recommend our mud pies to each other's sympathetic consideration."

Any right thinking and correct answer to the question of our title must consider God! God has put eternity into the hearts of humankind. We are earthly and heavenly--at the same time. We are "image of God" and biological beings--at the same time.

Today focus on this question: "Who do you think you are?" Seek Bible answers. Rethink your identity in Christ. You have an imperishable value and receive God's approval when you live so as to glorify God to his pleasure and your blessing. What do you think about that?

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