Listening to the radio yesterday, a familiar song by Jason Gray filled my car and also struck my heart in a way it never had before. The lyrics:
When I lose my way,
And I forget my name,
Remind me who I am.
In the mirror all I see,
Is who I don’t wanna be,
Remind me who I am.
In the loneliest places,
When I can’t remember what grace is.
Tell me once again who I am to You,
Who I am to You.
Tell me lest I forget who I am to You,
That I belong to You.
We all forget sometimes don’t we? I often need reminded who I am to Him. I reflected on my life and the way I have seen God’s hand moving in it. I have had lonely places and I have looked in the mirror and seen who I don’t want to be. But in that place is where reliance on a Savior takes hold. I know I NEED Him more and more. I forget His grace and have trouble receiving His love but then He meets me where I am and gently reminds me who He is and what He did. So I remember.
Romans 5:3-11 (NLT) states:
We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love. When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners. Now, most people would not be willing to die for an upright person, though someone might perhaps be willing to die for a person who is especially good. But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. And since we have been made right in God’s sight by the blood of Christ, he will certainly save us from God’s condemnation. For since our friendship with God was restored by the death of his Son while we were still his enemies, we will certainly be saved through the life of his Son. So now we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God because our Lord Jesus Christ has made us friends of God.
He has made a way for us to see ourselves new. So this Christmas season, I challenge you to look in the mirror and see who you are in Christ…a friend of God. He came as a baby to be close to us. To lead us by example. He is a loving shepherd and He knows each of us by name. He knows what we have done. He knows our hearts. He sees you. He sees every part of you. And He loves you. Died for you. He lives for you. May He remind you of who you are as you draw closer to Him.