Thursday, October 05, 2023

Have you ever asked yourself this question - Who am I?


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So many things are different about each of us, but we also have some common traits. 

We are all human - this covers a lot of ground. 

Have you ever stopped to think why we have so many things in common? The Bible explains the reason. God created us ‘in His image’1. This gives us the capacity to be creative, think, and make choices. The first man, Adam, disobeyed one of God's simple commands, and as a result, ‘sin came into the world’2. Let’s be honest; we all know that we do wrong to varying degrees. We all sin, and the effect of our sin on a day-to-day basis is the hurt, pain, ageing and mistakes mentioned earlier. The ultimate effect of sin in all of our lives is death. Death is an awful thing. It separates us from our loved ones, it causes pain and brings dark days into our lives. What we have believed in this life cannot be changed after death. Death is the gateway to the next world, which the Bible describes as being one of two places: Heaven or Hell. Heaven is a place of conscious enjoyment and bliss, Hell of conscious regret and suffering. 

So, back to the question - who am I? My concern is that you realise that you are flawed and sinful. If you make that sad but realistic discovery, you then need to become aware that there is a Saviour for sinners. The Bible says, ‘Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners’3. This would be the greatest discovery of your life. When asked what his greatest discovery was, James Simpson, the discoverer of Chloroform, replied, to everyone’s surprise: ‘My greatest discovery was that God loved me and sent His Son to die for me.’ 

References (all from the Bible): 

1. Genesis chapter 1 verse 27 

2. Romans chapter 5 verse 12 

3. 1 Timothy chapter 1 verse 15


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