Jasmine got into university at a time she didn't believe she would, there was a serious financial constraint at home and admission wasn't even the next thing but her father came through for her, this time around he sold his only car. Jasmine's parents were not very well-to-do but would give all they had to ensure their children have the best.
Her first year in university wasn't her best, the work was way stressful and she had no idea studying Law could be this demanding but still, she was able to pull through with a lot of hard work. Now in her second year and she finally settled down to make some friends and relax, something was different as she always wondered why life was unfair to her, her friends were rich kids from very rich homes but she only managed to look rich because her parents gave all they had to ensure she had the best. Because of this, she always prevented her parents from coming to visit her in school. How would her friends take it when they realise her dad doesn't even have a car? She just didn't want the embarrassment.
Jasmine's story may not be your story but it may be quite similar. It's very easy to be quick to judge Jasmine, and I hear you saying she should have done better.
Have you found yourself pointing fingers at others and saying, “oh those are the church people", “I just want to be a normal everyday person", "I don't want people to know I'm a Christian", "I want to be a Christian and still have my life separate", “If I'm too committed now people would start seeing me"?
I'm not sure of the reason why you're "hiding Christ" or ashamed of your Christianity but, hey you were worth dying for and the One who died for you did it openly and I know He deserves more from you.
So I stopped to ponder on this subject matter, I would share some thoughts with you and I pray you would glean from it.
I would like to ask a simple question and I would like you to give your most sincere answer,
"WHO ARE YOU?"
What was your response? Does it have any relation to God in it? Okay, I believe it does. If it doesn't I see a need for salvation! Let's pray with Romans 10:9-10 together.
So yes, now the answer to the question should relate to God based on the simple reason that He’s your maker. Truly, you are God's child but is this real to you?
Who is God? And what does it mean to be God's child?
I will simply put it this way, God is your maker and He made you from Himself, Genesis 1:26. Imagine a software application designed by me. I know all the codes and it’s functionality. The app can only work according to how I have designed it and coded it to work. So God made you exactly like Himself. God is not just your maker, He is your sustainer, He is the supreme being and words are not enough to say all that He is, but for the purpose of this write-up, let's stop here.
To be his child means that He gave birth to you. Let us use your biological parents, for example, you have their genes and even some personality resemblances because they gave birth to you, so you're God's child with God's genes, personality and ability. Do you see it?
When we forget whose we are and who we are, we totally forget why we're here. We get so caught up in every other thing and we put God last instead of first. So I would remind you because I love you, we are here to serve the eternal purpose of the Most High God. Everything we do is an outflow of who we are in Christ, that's the reason why we should want to be the best at everything we set out to do: our career, academics, relationships, businesses and everything we do. We have just one thing on our minds; that we are representatives of our Father.
Some are unsure of who exactly they want to be which really points to a truth that there's a need for a deeper understanding of who they are and whose they are.
When you know who you are, there are some things you won't do, wear or say.
Knowing who you are in Christ gives you that daily assurance that there's a reason you are living and you're going somewhere to make it happen. You wake up every morning with so much bite and grits that you're on the right path.
Our identity changes our perspective. Our identity helps us set boundaries. It chooses our communication, our lifestyle, our dressing and our attitude. Understanding our identity would help us save time and resources. We would choose our friends wisely.
See what Ephesians 1:17-20 says to you,
17 [I always pray] that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may grant you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation [that gives you a deep and personal and intimate insight] into the true knowledge of Him [for we know the Father through the Son].18 And [I pray] that the eyes of your heart [the very center and core of your being] may be enlightened [flooded with light by the Holy Spirit], so that you will know and cherish the[a]hope [the divine guarantee, the confident expectation] to which He has called you, the riches of His glorious inheritance in the[b]saints (God’s people),19 and [so that you will begin to know] what the immeasurable and unlimited and surpassing greatness of His [active, spiritual] power is in us who believe. These are in accordance with the working of His mighty strength20 which He produced in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His own right hand in the heavenly places,
The scripture above shows us that there's so much for us, see verses 18 and 19 again. Wow! It's for all of us, there's more in God for us but we need to know who we are, so we can know what we have.
I sincerely desire that you know who you are in Christ and if you already know, don't stop knowing cause there’s so much to know! He is inexhaustible.
I pray that you would find who you are in Christ and begin a real journey with this God that loves you so desperately.