With all the preachers and teachers of God’s Word out there on the web, on television, radio, and speaking from pulpits across the nations we seldom hear anyone teaching and sharing on the basics of the faith that we hold so close to our hearts. So, I believe many are taking the truths they hear and are building their life on these truths but they are literally constructing their house without a solid and proper foundation.
I have many conversations with young men whom I disciple and mentor and they are all, like most people in the world, searching for answers to two basic questions: 1> Who am I? and 2> What is my purpose on this earth? Why am I here? These are basic questions – foundational questions. And, few teaching are helping our young people answer these basic, foundational questions upon which a strong life can then be built and lived.
The Holy Spirt states in Ephesians 1:11 (The Message Version) “It’s in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for…” This is the basics. And, until we know who we are in Christ we will never properly discover what it is He is calling us to do – His purpose and plan for our life. In other words, there is an order to this journey of discovery … first who you are “in Christ” and then what He has called you, designed you to do or Him and for the Kingdom.
Most believers know that when they are born again the Holy Spirit – the Spirit of Christ – comes to live in us. That we become the temple of the Holy Spirit and God dwells in us. So they know, sort of, “Christ in us the hope of glory.” But do they really understand who they are “in Christ?” I don’t believe so. When we are born again we become “new creatures in Christ” (2 Corinthians 5:17) and it is this ‘new creature’ that many have yet to discover. They simply do not know who they are “in Christ.”
To discover what your purpose is in the world you must first discover who you are “in Christ”. You must know this ‘new creature’ that God has created. Each of us is unique and different. Each of us has been wired differently than others … our motivations are different. We have a different perspective on life, we relate differently, we have different and sometimes unique interests. Our experiences in life are unique and different than other people we relate to. It is this difference we need to discover. It is the uniqueness that is specifically “me” that we need to uncover.
Here’s the problem, however. The world has squeezed us into its mould (Romans 12:1-2). People, family, expectations, experiences, work, the media … has moulded us into who we are today. We have let others do this to us. And so, we settle for who they have formed us to be … and you need to break free of that and discover the real you that is buried under all that garbage. In other words, getting back to the basics.
Where do you start? Easy … give who you are right now to God totally and completely. And, ask for His help to uncover the real you under all that ‘stuff’ that life has tossed on you and thrown at you. Listen to the Holy Spirit’s words as recorded in Romans, chapter twelve…
“So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.”