I heard a story recently that I want to pass on:
Years ago, a hitchhiker was trying to catch a ride one night in Los Angeles. A car pulled over to pick him up, and when the hitchhiker got into the car and turned to thank the driver, he recognized the driver immediately. Stopping to pick him up was Academy Award winning actor and director Kirk Douglas! Dumbfounded, the hitchhiker blurted out, “Do you know who you are?”
Okay, this could be an apocryphal story, yet it rings of truth, especially the relevance of the startled passenger’s question.
So, do you?
Know who you are?
Christians give witness to the One who helps us answer the question of identity. In Jesus Christ, we grow to understand (and rejoice!) that we are chosen and beloved of God.
Who are we? Here’s the answer we are given:
(I Peter 2:9-10, The Message)
By the grace of God, we have our eyes opened. Jesus Christ helps us see ourselves as God sees us.
How about this question: Do you know WHY you are? Through Jesus Christ, we receive God’s mercy and are appointed for God’s mission, “to work and speak out for him.”
In Jesus Christ we are becoming new creations and we find new purpose: we are chosen of God to help others see themselves and others in the light of Christ Jesus — to see that all of us are chosen and beloved by our Creator.
Again, we stake our lives on Jesus Christ, in whom our identity AND our purpose became clear and real. The who and why of Jesus are that he is God who came to us as one of us for all of us.
Who are you? Chosen and beloved of a holy God. Why are you? To serve others in selfless love, to be a sign of God’s gracious will for the world.
And though we may be wary of picking up hitchhikers, we still can look for ways to help others along the Way.