“Peter, don’t you know who you are?” So says Granny Wendy early in the movie, Hook. You know the movie: It’s the one where Peter Pan grows up and becomes Robin Williams? Anyway, I digress. The whole storyline of the movie is that Peter has forgotten who he really is. He didn’t know who he was. Just as Peter had been away from Neverland so long that he forgot everything, so we too have been away from the Garden for so long, that we don’t even remember who God made us to be.
This post is the first of several following the class I am teaching at Covenant Life Church. Instead of seeing ourselves the way God sees us, we often define ourselves by our sin, guilt, shame, insecurities and fears. That is often all we see in ourselves and we struggle to believe that God could see us any differently. But he does.
In fact, let me stop and let God start talking. As you read these verses, this is what I want you to hear: this is how God sees you!
- But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellences of him who called you out of darkness and into his marvelous light. Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you have not received mercy, but not you have received mercy (1 Peter 2:9-10).
- Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come (2 Cor 5:17).
- But let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is precious (1 Peter 3:4).
- For you are a people holy to the Lord your God. The Lord your God has chosen you to be a people for his treasured possession, out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth (Deut 7:6).
- Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings (Ps 17:8).
- For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made (Ps 139:13-14).
- Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows (Matt 10:29-31).
- Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish (Eph 5:25-27).
- For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them (Eph 2:10).
- You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house (Matt 5:14).
- But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God (John 1:12-13).
- The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs – heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him (Rom 8:16-17).
- So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God (Gal 4:7).
- No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you (John 15:15).
To summarize, who you really are is:
- a child of God
- the heir of all things
- the light of the world
- God’s friend
- God’s workmanship
- the apple of God’s eye
- his treasured possession
- of great value
- a new creation
- and precious in God’s sight
Personal Reflection: Is that how you see yourself?