I am so excited to introduce you to Debbie Wayns who will permanently be a part of Women 180. We share a vision of helping women come to Christ and grow. We want to encourage women who are struggling through this dark and fallen world and show them that there is continuous hope in Jesus Christ. I can’t wait to see how God is going to use Debbie in Women180 and I am overwhelmed with God’s provisions. Debbie will be doing a short 4 week blog series/study on who we are in Christ. I hope you enjoy and I ask that you continue to pray for us as we walk in obedience to God’s path that He has laid out for Women180.
WHO AM I?
When Women180 asked me to write a blog for them my first thought was “Why Me?” Am I the only one who still has an identity crisis from time to time? I admit these thoughts don’t happen as often as before I knew Christ, but Satan surely knows how to slither himself right into my path whenever I let my guard down.
So I find it fitting for my first blog for Women180 to introduce myself. I would generally start with my name, tell you about my family, and how long I’ve been in ministry. But today I am going to do things a little different. I want you to know who I am in God’s eyes. This is a good reminder for me as I ask the “Why me?” I have to remind myself who I am in God’s eyes all the time – so I can be the best I can be for God. So here are a few gems that I have stored away in my heart.
I am SAVED.
“And this is what God has testified: He has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have God’s Son does not have life. I have written this to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know you have eternal life.” – 1 John 5:11-13
Whoever believes in God’s Son has eternal life. Isn’t this Great News!! There is such simplicity in this verse. Reminds me of the statement “it’s not about what you do, but who you know”.
I am CHOSEN.
“All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ. Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure. So we praise God for the glorious grace he has poured out on us who belong to his dear Son.” – Ephesians 1:3-6
This is a humbling verse for me. The fact that HE chose me seems like an oxymoron. It took me a few years to let this sink in – I just assumed I chose Him – which I did, but the reality is that HE chose me first. Those times when I’ve felt left out or maybe lonely – I remember HE chose me and I can walk a little taller knowing whose team I’m really on.
I am FREE.
“And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death.” – Romans 8:2
I don’t know about you, but freedom gives me hope. Not just freedom from my past sins, but the sins I’m surely going to do today and tomorrow (“for we all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” – Romans3:23). Recently during a Jeremiah study I also learned that not only are we forgiven of our sins – but they will never again be remembered (Jeremiah 31:34b). I don’t know about you, but this was GREAT NEWS to me.
Finally, and the one that warms my heart with such comfort. I AM HIS MASTERPIECE.
“For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” –Ephesians 2:10
So here I am – Saved, Chosen, Free, and HIS Masterpiece. O ladies, there are so many more amazing descriptions of who you are in Christ. I pray this is an introduction of many more days we explore who we are in Christ. So the answer to my question, “Why me?” – Why not me? Yes, I am broken – an imperfect follower of Christ. But God says “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” (Psalm 35:18). We are “fearfully and wonderfully made”. (Psalm 139:14) I pray today you commit to knowing who you are in Christ. Finding your identity in Him allows you to know you are HIS – and nobody, not even that sneaky Satan can take that away from you.