Who I am in Christ

Jesus knew exactly who he was and he was not afraid to talk openly about it. Knowing that he is the beloved Son of God he knelt before men and washed their feet. He didn’t need to be praised, esteemed or admired. He knew he was accepted, safe and significant. God gives the same identity to everyone who believes in him. Everyone! I believe that Jesus Christ is my Savior, that I belong to Him, that in Him and through Him I am God’s beloved child. And much more…

I am never alone

Sometimes I feel like I’m alone in everything, with no hope or help coming. As soon as I wake up in the morning, an endless to-do list for the day runs through my head. Before falling asleep, I remember and think about the many things I didn’t accomplish during the day. I feel lonely and inadequate; I can’t catch up, I can’t handle it, and so overwhelmed. But it is in these moments I remember Jesus is not like a boss, who will place a burden on me and say, “Well, now show me what you can do.” He tells me instead, “Come to me, if you are heavy, I will draw the yoke with you by your side, put your worries on me. I will be with you all your hard days.”

I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.
Matthew 28:20

I am a friend of Jesus

My friends, I have only had a few of you who have been in my life of almost fifty years. You have allowed me to come into your homes, I’ve danced at your weddings and held your firstborn babies in my arms. I’ve seen you cry at funerals and listen to you when you didn’t know where to go when facing marital crisis. We’ve shared everything we had – food, clothes, in addition to  many deep and intimate secrets. And just like our relationships, Jesus tells me, “I called you my friend, I told you everything I know, I revealed myself to you at my birth and death, you are so close to me.”

No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you.
John 15:15

I am clean

Trapped – this word best describes how I feel when I say things in my anger. When I’m proud about how good I am. Or, when I envy my friends new houses, flowering gardens and gifted children. These moments led me to feel trapped, dirty, consequently sinful. But I don’t need to stay there. God has washed me with the best soap! I don’t want to be proud, wronged and full of envy. I want to be clean! God is faithful and merciful, I’ve found this to be true over the years of walking with Him. Full of mercy. He forgives me every time I say, “I didn’t manage it well again, Daddy. Let your snow of forgiveness fall on me.”

Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
Psalm 51:7

I am a child of God

It has been more than 20 years since I had a significant conversation that changed my life. I was sitting with a friend and he said, “Your life is like a room where a tornado came in and swept it clean. It inverted cabinets, demolished walls. But what are you doing? You’re trying to pull the curtains over the windows. That won’t help you, Gosia. You need to tear down everything and rebuild. You need to be born again. Start everything from the beginning with God as His child.” I knew he was right; my life felt like a tornado was passing through and destroying everything. So, I bowed my head and whispered softly “Jesus, I give up. I surrender it all to you. I need you, your salvation. I believe in you. I am opening my heart. Come in.” At that moment, I was reborn as a child of God.

But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: 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

I am safe

It was a shock. Life was moving forward fast – projects, tasks, phone calls, moving from place to place, bargaining, training, shopping, mortgages, investments. And then came the end. Pandemic. From day to day, everything began to fall silent and still. We were in no hurry. We stopped, closed the door, sat and stared blankly at the wall. What will we live on? How do we pay the bills? Will our business survive? Will graduation happen? What about the holiday? There was a great desire to sow somewhere, to hide in some safe place where bad news and uncertainties could not come. You may ask, does a place exist? Yes, such a place does exist. It is called being “in God”. In God’s arms. In God’s palm. In him.

Your life is hidden with Christ in God.
Colossians 3:3

I am from a royal family

I have had a shopping phobia since childhood. This anxiety-based aversion is not connected to places like supermarkets, but rather places where it is necessary to open doors, cross thresholds, and make request for items I want or make a complaint about something; these places overwhelm me. Somewhere inside, I have an encoded false belief that I should be silent, not want anything, never disagree, only listen preferably, thus not exist. But he who is reborn in God receives a brand-new identity, a royal one. So, before I open the door of one of these shops, I take a deep breath, repeat, “You’re from the royal family, Gosia!” I fix the imaginary crown on my head and move on knowing I am who he says I am.

To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood, and has made us kings and priests to His God and Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.
Revelation 1:5-6

I am loved

You loved me God; when I was emaciated and barren, you loved me. And when I gained 20 kilograms during my pregnancy You loved me. You loved me when I was out of work. And you love me when I work 12 hours a day. You love me when I sing to you and praise You. And you love me when I just desperately ask for forgiveness. You love me and tell me, “My beautiful one, even if the mountains fall into the sea, my love will not leave you.

Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,’ says the Lord, who has compassion on you.”
Isaiah 54:10

I am chosen

I’m here not by mistake by any means. I am wanted, expected, chosen and called. And it’s not at all what I created, planned or trampled upon. I’m here because you wanted me. You wanted me here God. And you have such confidence in me that you have entrusted me with an important mission, “Go. Don’t sit in a corner, don’t be ashamed. Stand up, get up and go. Go and bear the fruit that remains.”

You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you.
John 15:16

I am loved

You loved me God; when I was emaciated and barren, you loved me. And when I gained 20 kilograms during my pregnancy You loved me. You loved me when I was out of work. And you love me when I work 12 hours a day. You love me when I sing to you and praise You. And you love me when I just desperately ask for forgiveness. You love me and tell me, “My beautiful one, even if the mountains fall into the sea, my love will not leave you.

My beloved spoke, and said to me: “Rise up, my love, my fair one, And come away.”
Song of Salomon 2:10

I am the light of the world

There are days when it doesn’t seem like light exist. Days when darkness, sadness and despair fall on me. When everything around and inside me is dark. “You are the light of the world,” Jesus says then. You are covered in light. Light does not exist because you try to do your best; You are light. In the deepest layer of me, there is a rare place where light dwells. A place that is holy, inviolable, in which the eternal light of the Holy Spirit shines. In my soul in which You alone dwell, God. Hidden in the heart, wrapped in my body. May Your light shine in all the dark corners of my thoughts and feelings, may it penetrate the people around me so that they can see You and give you glory.

You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.
Matthew 5:14-16

I am strong

I had difficult moments raising children. I’ve felt both helpless and hopeless. I once confided in an elderly woman, “I feel sick of myself shouting at my children. I don’t even know why I’m yelling at them. I don’t want to scream. I don’t understand.” She looked at me with her eyes, in which I saw the wisdom of a woman who walked with God for decades, and she said, “Your inner child screams.” And she began to sing to me. I put my head on her shoulder and listened. She sang in a language neither I nor she knew. She sang a lullaby. Hash… and be still… In silence and trust in God, He will be your strength.

This is what the Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel, says: “In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength.”
Isaiah 30:15

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