I recently have had a few interviews and always they ask the dreaded question (or perhaps easiest, but for me its always hard) “Tell us about yourself.” For me I never quite know what to say- there is so much that I think defines who I am. Preparing for those interview got me thinking, well about me. Who am I?
I am a wife, cat-owner, amateur photographer, blogger, lover and follower of Christ, daughter, sister, friend, nanny, library worker, crafter, crocheter, decorator, runner, athlete, writer, reader, Oregonian, resident Texan, etc.
Then I had a scary thought, a lot of this list can change. How I define myself, my identity can change suddenly. A car accident could take away my husband, I can change jobs, nanny families move away, getting older I will eventually lose my ability to run or see well enough to read. The things I base my identity on are changeable and out of my control. That’s pretty scary.
But you know what can not change? My identity in Christ. I am chosen, protected, secure.
“He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him In love…” Ephesians 1:4
“God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble.” Psalm 46:1
“35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36 As it is written:
“For your sake we face death all day long;
we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”[a]
37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[b] neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:31-39
So really, my identity needs to start as: Daughter of The King, co-inheritor with Christ, Sealed by the Holy Spirit.
Though, as we live in this fallen world, that’s not my opening line in interviews. But the interviews got me thinking, and revealed that fear and insecurity. God answered, taught, and reassured me. Even if everything was taken from me, like old Testament Job, I would still belong to Him and my future is secure in Him (“As for me, I know that my Redeemer lives, And at the last He will take His stand on the earth. “Even after my skin is destroyed, Yet from my flesh I shall see God; Whom I myself shall behold, And whom my eyes will see and not another. My heart faints within me!” Job 19:25-27)
<– Read yesterday’s 31 Day’s Post :The not so secret Life of ME