Why We Are Who We Are
June 3, 2020
BY Pastor Bob
Why We Are Who We Are
by Pastor Bob
Do you ever wonder about your life, why it turned out the way it did? Have you wondered why you are who you are, your likes and dislikes, your personality? Are you just a product of the environment you grew up in? Why did you marry the person you married; why do you have the job you have; why do you live in the town you live in; why do you drive the car you drive? Why are you even alive? Why do you even exist? What’s the reason for everything?
I think we have all pondered these questions. After all, it’s who we are. We live with these things everyday. We make all our decisions based on who we are and what we have lived through. But why? Why are we who we are?
If you are a follower of Jesus Christ, I believe the Bible answers many of these questions, because He wants us to know who we are and whose we are.
First of all, let’s talk about the wonder of our births. In Psalm 139, it states that God formed us in our mother’s wombs. He weaved us. In other words, He made us in a certain way, a way that would fulfill His plans for us, and ultimately glorify Him. He knows how many hairs are on our heads, and He knows how many days we will live. He knows everything, everything, about us. He is intimately acquainted with all our ways. He knows what we’re going to say before we say it, He knows what we’re thinking, and knows what we need before we even ask. Even the times, the very years we live in are in His hands. He even set our boundaries. In other words, He set where we even live, the very town we live in! He has ordained, ordained all these things!
But why? Why do all this for us? Why did He ordain every day of my life? After all, I’m nobody special, I’m not a rocket scientist, I’m not rich and famous, I haven’t done anything great for mankind. I’m just me, plugging along, doing my best.
God doesn’t see us that way though. He sees us as His beloved. He sees us as a value beyond price! He sees us as a person worth redeeming, a treasure, a person who, in spite of all the ugly that’s in us, the sin we’re just dripping with, the evil that we were born with, was worth saving, was worth dying for. We were by nature sinners. But He saw someone worth redeeming, a person who didn’t deserve anything good. He showed us mercy! He died for us, He took our place, He died for the sin that is in us, for the sin we were born into, and the sins we have committed purposely. We were, by nature sinners. But He traded His righteousness for our sins. In God’s eyes, we became righteous. It wasn’t because of any goodness in our lives, it wasn’t because of anything we have done for him. In fact, there was no righteousness in our lives. Nothing good! Nothing at all! Why did He do this?
In Ephesians, the second chapter, it describes who we were. We were people that were dead in our trespasses and sins, we walked with the prince of the power of the air (satan), we indulged in the desires of our flesh and mind. In fact, we were by nature children of wrath and there was no good in us! No goodness at all! But God, and this is very important to us, was rich in mercy, and loved us, even while we were still sinners, and made us alive together with Jesus. He showered grace on us.
Why us in particular? That is a question that probably we have all asked. Why did He choose me and not others? I don’t know the answer. But the very fact you were chosen, and you were forgiven should be a comfort to you. We should be grateful. In fact, we should sing eternal praises to Him!
We fight the flesh and it’s lusts every day. But even though we sometimes fail, these failures cannot and will not, separate us from God’s love. Let me say it again; these failures cannot and will not separate us from God’s love!
When you’re feeling especially despicable for something you’ve done or said, keep this in remembrance; God is for us, and is on our side! He wants the best for us, and is helping us to reach His goal for us, which is to look like His Son. When we see God face to face someday, He won’t see what we were before, because those sins and shameful things were nailed to the cross, and they will never be remembered again! But He will see Jesus instead.
That should be our goal, to look like Jesus. After all, look what He has done for us. Anything less is disgraceful and shameful.