It’s Not Who, It’s Whose

 

 

 

Have you noticed how you can have a hundred things going right for and one negative comment can completely devastate you? Someone can tell me a hundred positive things about my life and then share one area where I need improvement, and I can walk away thinking about nothing other than that one piece of constructive advice.

You can have 16 waking hours a day of joy. Then one three minute phone conversation before bed can ruin your entire day. For whatever reason, I don’t know why it is, I find it easier to believe the bad stuff and internalize the bad stuff, than I do to internalize the good stuff.

I am not bragging, but I can put together a list of accomplishments, awards, scholarships, opportunities I have received and leadership offices I have held and I can fill up two or three pages of paper. Then I can get out a 3” x 5” index card, cut it in half, and list one mistake I have made, and just feel so much shame and embarrassment. I give all my attention to the mistake and forget everything else in life that has been so good and so rich and so meaningful.

Isn’t it a bummer we do that? We could all benefit by closing the door to those negative words spoken about us, and opening only one door – the door of truth. Whether or not you are a Follower of Christ, you are at the very least a reflection of the Creator. When God made you, He said it was the very best He could do. It gets better if you are a Christ Follower. You are not who others say that you are. You are who Christ says you are. Let me remind you of three biblical truths: in Christ you are forgiven; in Christ you are secure; in Christ you are free!

I encourage you to consider these scripture verses: II Corinthians 5:17 says: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” Ephesians 1:7 says: “In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace.” II Corinthians 1:21-22 says: “Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.” John 8:36 says: “So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.”

Whenever you feel insecure, remember, you are secure not because of who you are but because of whose you are. You are secure because you are in Christ; because the same Spirit that raised Christ from the grave is living inside of you. You are secure because you have been sealed with the precious blood of Jesus. You have access to the very throne room of God’s grace. You are an overcomer by the blood of the Lamb and by the words of His testimony. Greater is the one who lives in you than the one who lives in the world.

When Jesus sets you free, you are free from the past. You are free from the hurt. You are free from the negative words. You are free from those voices that continue to haunt you. You are free from the addictions that once used to hold you. You are free from the baggage that slowed you down. In Christ, you are free. You are free to be everything that Christ created you to be. So take that emotional baggage, and dump it.

About admin

I am currently serving as the Associate Minister at a Church in Earlham, Iowa, population about 1300. There are probably another 1300 folks who live outside the “city limits.” I am married to my lovely wife Heather. We moved from Mesa, AZ in January 2006. We have a dog (Sammy) and a cat (Daphne). We also have a 92 year old house the sucks the life out of me (Rex), and costs a whole lot of money to upgrade, and is generally a pain in my butt…but I am not bitter. So far I have set my arm on fire, broken my wrist, broken my toe, got tendonitis in my foot, fell out of the bucket of skid loader, captured and “removed” 13 bats from my attic, been to the chiropractor dozens of times and have more doctors on my payroll than I care to admit. I am not very handy! Iowa has been so life-changing for me, but I love the pace of life, pace of ministry and the quality of people. I went to college at Atlanta Christian College near Atlanta, GA where I recieved a Bachelors Degree in Christian Ministry/Preaching. I went to Seminary at Emmanuel School of Religion in Johnson City, TN., where I recieved a Master of Divinity degree with a specialization in Christian Care and Counseling. In addition, I have 2800 hours of post-graduate training as a Chaplain specializing in Crisis Care. I have served Churches in GA, KY, NC, AZ and now Iowa. I have also served as a Chaplain at hospitals in AL and AZ in addition to serving as a Corporate Chaplain with several companies in the metro Phoenix area for a short time. I was also blessed with the opportunity to serve as a Chaplain at the in-field hospital at a NASCAR race in Talladega, AL (once) and as a Chaplain to the Mesa Miners professional baseball team (six weeks). Rex L. Stancil Associate Minister Earlham Church of Christ www.earlhamchurch.org pastorex@gmail.com 515.867.8559 mobile 515.758.2020 home 515.758.2787 office
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