Faith
Wednesday March 7, 2008
Hartsville News Journal
Page 2C
FAITH COMMENTARY
"Who Are You?"

Have you ever attempted to describe yourself to another person?  To do this, you must look inside yourself and face the question: Who am I?

God knows you, as witnessed by the words you sing in Sunday school: “Red and yellow, black and white, we are precious in His sight”…color matters not. It is also true that the handicapped and physically fit share equal access to opportunity. God is always fair with you; He places works, not burdens, within your reach.

Describing who you are requires taking a close look at your potential.  Whether working for a company as a ditch digger or highly paid executive, it matters not; determination and hard work draws favorable attention. Either position can lead to you owning the company.

God views your potential in much the same way; everyone is given equal opportunity to shine. Understanding how effective the testimony of a handicapped person can be, you now visit Matthew 16:27 KJV where works spring into the limelight:

    For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works.

With potential noted and works in store, God has one additional requirement for you to meet: He requires that you stand by you word. Emphasis is placed on this point in Matthew 23:3 KJV:

    All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not.

Keeping your word is paramount; it shows God that you are dependable. You cannot overstate the importance of being a “doer”, God stresses this point in James 1:23 KJV:

    For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass:

You are not beholding to yourself; you are different! You begin to focus on who you are as you learn more about what God’s expects of you. This takes place as you ponder or question why God has placed you here; Rev. 4:11 KJV answers this question:

    Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.

God is stating simple facts, He made you because He needed someone just like you; you please Him.

Who are you? You are somebody. Look at yourself; you are a Child of God! Matthew 5:16 KJV notes your goodness and instructs you to show your works to others:

    Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your

 



 


 

good works, and glorify your Father which is in Heaven.

God’s Word answered the “Who are you” question; your works tell who you are; you are your works!

A closing thought: Do your works glorify Him?

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Pastor Billy Johnson can be reached by email at billy@lakeshorebible.info or viewed online at www.lakeshorebible.com