We have two dogs. And those dogs have a big problem: they don’t know who they are.
Now, you’re probably thinking that I will say that our dogs think they are humans. But, that’s one thing they get right. They know that they are dogs, and they know that being a dog is better than being human.
But, still, they don’t know who they are.
First, there’s Lucy, a border collie mix that we rescued from a local shelter. Border collies are very active outside dogs, right? Well, not Lucy. Lucy thinks that she’s an inside dog… and a lap dog on top of that. As a matter of fact, on a recent long road trip, Lucy rode in the back seat literally sitting in Miranda’s lap.
Then, there’s Aggie, our scottish terrier. While Aggie is a small dog with a nice clip, she prefers to play outside. She recently spent a week playing with a basset hound treeing squirrels.
Lucy doesn’t know that she’s a border collie, and Aggie doesn’t know that she’s a scottish terrier. Instead, Lucy thinks that she’s a toy lap dog, while Aggie thinks that she’s a hound dog.
I think alot of Christians have this same problem. No, they don’t think that they’re dogs, but they don’t know who they are.
They don’t know that they are God’s children – sons and daughters of the Creator and King of the universe.
They don’t know that they are redeemed, forgiven, and justified by their big brother and Lord Jesus Christ.
They don’t know that they are indwelled, gifted, and empowered by the Holy Spirit.
Or, if they do know these things, so many Christians do not live as if they truly believe these things.
Further, many Christians don’t know that they are priests, ministers, missionaries, and disciplers. It’s pretty obvious that Jesus’ followers don’t know this about themselves, because saw few function in these ways.
What do you think? Do you agree that many Christians don’t know who they are? How do we help our brothers and sisters know who they are in Christ and what the Spirit wants to do through them for the glory of God?