Divine Appointments: Who Are You?
How would you answer the question, Who Are You?
This reminded me of a recent trip to Nigeria, where we were training Christians who faced persecution with courageous passion and they had to answer this question,
“Who are you?”
In the middle of the Teach To Transform medical training, one of the students asked, “What should we say when someone confronts us and asks how did you become a healthcare worker?
Our Nigerian Pastor stood and asked the same question again, “Who Are You?”
The room became quiet, and he told them, above all things, know your identity in Christ. You are an evangelist who has been given the challenge to reach into the darkness of Nigeria and bring light with the word of God. You are “Not” a healthcare worker, so don’t be something you are not! Be true to your identity as a follower of Christ trained in necessary medical skills to show compassion and love in the name of Christ
Teach To Transform has been in hard-persecuted places where they do not know Jesus. When our bold evangelists tell them, we are here because Christ sent me to tell you he loves you, they sometimes hear a miraculous response.
“Oh, you mean the man in the white robe who comes to us in our dreams.”
We had an excellent sermon this week by Pastor Ashley Wooldridge, reflecting on the difference between our cultural identity and our Christian identity.
Do you hear from our culture that you are not good enough?
You are not a good husband or father;
You’re a disappointment as a wife and mother; and
You’re an addict and a failure, why should I listen to you?
If you believe the lie of our culture and let emotional pain, regret, condemnation, and guilt conquer you, then who will go in the name of Christ to show compassion to the suffering. We are all broken, but our identity is in Christ who tells us to put off our old self and be made new, created to be like God in true righteousness. We are saved, not by anything we have done, but by the grace and love of God.
How then can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it said, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring the good news!
Do you remember when Christ asked his Apostles, “Who do they say I am?”
Now let’s think about, “Who do people say you are?”
What is your legacy?
The lost will know that you are a follower of Christ by your love and grace.
Your love and compassion will prompt questions such as,
Why do you love me the way you do?
Why are you kind to me, when you don’t have to be?
When was the last time someone saw the love and compassion of Jesus in you?
When was the last time you brought comfort to someone who was hurting?
When was the last time you took time out of your busy schedule to feed someone?
When was the last time you visited someone sick, broken, depressed, or alone?
Are you ready to go into your culture and find your passion for the Kingdom? Christ showed us how to be great in the Kingdom of Heaven by washing the feet of his disciples. Christ is ready to use your gift if you are willing to humble yourself and show compassion to someone who doesn’t deserve it. Compassion is a word used to describe Jesus many times, and it is more than feeling empathy, it means to “suffer with.”
Your identity is in Christ, so don’t let culture dictate who you are.
Don’t leave God out of your passion and gift.
God wants us to do in our culture what those courageous Christians did before us. Sharing the message of love with courage, one person at a time whether it is with our family, in our neighborhood or across the world.
Our challenge is to be that person and change the world, because Jesus Christ changes everything.
WHO ARE YOU?
You are a chosen Child of God.
Love and blessings,
Tom and Karen
Dr. Tom is a Board Certified Emergency Medicine Physician in the USA with over 25 years of experience and an ordained minister by Southeast Christian Church in Louisville Kentucky. His true passion is world missions and he and his wife Karen are the founders of Teach To Transform, an organization that exists to equip partners around the world with medical and vocational skills they can use to share the gospel of Christ. You can subscribe to Dr. Tom’s weekly blog, Divine Appointments, to read more stories and learn more about the mission of Teach To Transform.