Why I Am Who I Am
What makes me tick? What is it that makes me act, think, and do what I do?
The reason I am who I am is because I have a relationship with Jesus Christ. He is with me day by day, moment by moment, and He influences everything I do, think, and say. Jesus Christ is not a belief system, a theology, or a philosophy; He is an individual. Jesus said:
"I have come that they may have life, and have it more abundantly."
John 10:10 He is the God of the Universe who came to Earth as a man. God does not want to be some distant concept or a mere acquaintance; He wants to be an integral part of our lives. He loves us, and He want to give us a life that is full of goodness beyond anything we can imagine. Jesus Christ came to our world in order to accomplish this task. The reason I am who I am is because I have asked Him to have a relationship with me. If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!
2 Corinthians 5:17 This relationship with Jesus has caused a fundamental change at the core of the makeup of my personality. I am not the person I once was. God Himself now lives inside me.
Why haven't I always known and experienced God? Why did I need Christ to change me? All of us are born with a predisposition toward disobedience to God - sin. Sin is not just something we do; Sin is who we are. All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
Romans 3:23 Sin separates us from God. It prevents us from knowing and experiencing Him. Sin precludes any possibility of our having a relationship with God, because sin is the antithesis of God. God hates sin, and vice-versa. As long as sin is at the core of who we are, we cannot know God. Sin has cost us that relationship. The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 6:23 We cannot change our fundamentally sinful nature; Only God Himself can do that. When God, in the person of Jesus Christ, died on the cross, the consequences of sin were forever altered. The cost of sin was paid for by Christ. God demonstrates His love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us
Romans 5:8 God provided a means for changing the essential nature of who we are. All that God requires us to do in order to cause this change to occur is to ask Him for it. But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name.
John 1:12 When I recognized that I needed to be changed, and I asked God to change me, He made a new person out of me. God Himself became a part of my basic makeup, and has changed me forever.
Everything I do, from my job to my leisure activities to my very thoughts, are constantly influenced by Jesus Christ. At times, I choose to ignore that influence, and I do stupid things that I know I should not do. God is still changing me. A relationship with God is an ongoing process, like any relationship. Just as people who do not know God can do good things, those of us who do know Him can still do wrong. The difference is that before I knew Jesus Christ, doing wrong was perfectly consistent with who I was. Now it's not. All of us behave and think inconsistently some of the time. We all do things that go against our core. However, Jesus is working in my life on a daily basis to help me to become more consistent. Before I met Jesus, I could do all sorts of bad things, and it did not bother me. Now, when I do wrong, it grates on me like fingernails on a chalkboard. This is because my relationship with Jesus has changed the very nature of who I am, and continues to change me.
"Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him."
Revelation 3:20 All we have to do in order to begin this relationship with God is ask Him for it. It is not enough to have an intellectual Jesus said,
"I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father but by Me."
John 14:6 understanding of Him, nor is it enough to have some sort of emotional experience. We receive Christ as an act of the will, by faith. There is no other way to have a relationship with God, because Jesus is the only one who has died for our sins.
Those of you who know Jesus understand what I am talking about. If you do not know Jesus, and would like to know how you can have Him change you forever, contact me at RichWendling@yahoo.com.
Another great resource that explains better than I ever could how to know Christ is The Four Spiritual Laws.