A lot of the things I've been learning have been building on each other, which is very cool. Basically, I've had "Greater love has no man than this: that he lay down his life for his friends," running through my mind pretty constantly. That tied with the idea that I am who Jesus says I am has made for some amazing realizations. When Tim talked at RUF last week, a lot of what he said coincided perfectly with these thoughts, so some of this is from my notes.
Because I am who Jesus says I am, I can live not for myself. I don't need to defend myself, to protect my feelings, to be concerned over how people will regard who I am, etc. I don't need to allow my feelings to be hurt because, although I will be hurt, I am who Jesus says I am, and that makes me more than anything I can feel. My needs are fulfilled in Jesus. I have no need to try to save myself in any sense of that concept because He has done it, He has fulfilled me, and He has determined who I am. I am freed from any sense of status, how others view me, because of this.
Jesus has based my worth solely in Himself. That is worth repeating: Jesus has based my worth solely in Himself. I am found in Him, so I am complete. My life, lived by me, is over - my worth is found. As a result, God lives through me to show Himself to others. He has deemed me so precious that He called me to follow the example of His son, and then He through me - the least of these, the worst of sinners - changes the world. I am nothing; He is everything. I will hide myself in Jesus, because He is my source, my satisfaction, my worth, and out of that He plays the gospel out in my life. I no longer live but Christ Jesus lives in me.
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