7 Things You Just Can't Help Being

BuzzFeed quizzes.

They get to us all (don't they?) and try to define from the depths of our souls who we are.

I am not immune from these either.  It fact, they can be quite funny!  I have a propensity to get some rougher characters.  I've quizzed as Prince Humperdinck, Loki, Haymitch, Jafar, Sherlock, and Prince Hans.  Simultaneously, I am also Princess Anna, Legolas, Tris, Mulan, Aladin, and Liesl.  Apparently, I would be from Paris, live in faction candor but, in reality, be divergent while my life would be portrayed in the musical Wicked where Emma Watson would play me.

Who knew I was such a complicated mess?!

Truth is, though, the popularity of these quizzes has got me thinking a lot about identity.  All these try to tell us who we are.  So many movies have a main plot line of characters endeavoring to discover themselves.

So... in real life, what defines us?

We have to look no further than the living word of God, itself, where we find what we cannot help being even if we tried.

1.  You are worth dying for.
"For God so loved the world [that includes you!] that He gave His one and only son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life" (John 3:16).

2.  You are royalty.
"See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!  And that is what we are!" (1 John 3:1a).  If you are a child of the King, you are royalty, plain and simple.

3.  You are forgiven.
"As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us" (Psalm 103:12).  They're gone!

4.  You are set apart as holy.
"We have been set apart as holy because Jesus Christ did what God wanted him to do by sacrificing his body once and for all" (Hebrews 10:10).

5.  Yet.. it's not about you!
"But whatever things we gain to me, those things I have counted as loss for the sake of Christ.  More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish so that I may gain Christ" (Philippians 3:7-8).

6.  You are crucified.
"I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me.  the life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me" (Galatians 2:20).

7.  You are called.
"All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people's sins against them.  And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.  We are therefore Christ's ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us" (1 Corinthians 5:18-20a).

You are His; He is the Rock that's the foundation of your identity.

And, He's got a mission for you.

It's time to step up.
© 2014 Deborah Hope Shining


I definitely don't want this to be a monologue. What are your thoughts? Questions? Ideas?