My past story and my friend’s story provide classic examples of consequences that people face when they put their identity at the wrong place — guys/girls instead of Christ. Truth is, we won’t find the fullness of our existence by being someone else’s boyfriend/girlfriend or husband/wife; not even being a mother/father. We won’t find our purpose and worth in being needed and wanted by someone.
We can blame the world for being too romanticised (like labelling people based on their relationship status, or alluring people to believe that being married/in a girlfriend-boyfriend relationship will make someone whole) or just too temporal in thinking (like labelling people based on what they do or what they have). But deep down, it really is not just the world, it’s also our longing to find fullness in our existence.
She stared blankly at me, absorbing the question and probably thinking of an answer.
I know that this question seems blunt or rather harsh but, in reference to God’s word, I think that this is an important question to ponder on.
If you can confidently say “Yes” to this question, it means that your security is not based on your relationship status nor from anyone else. It means that you do not need a relationship or another person to complete or satisfy you. It means that you are secured of who Christ is in your life.
It really has not sunk in yet. It has been a year since my Leadership Development Institute (LDI) Training. Facebook algorithm has been on-point in showing me throwback photos from that month-long, once-in-a-lifetime discipleship training. This year’s LDI schedule also prompted me of how the year went by so fast.
One of my major take-aways from the training was the Re-entry Plan, a three-year guide that we, the trainees, have personally and prayerfully committed to prior disembarkation to our designated ministry areas. The Re-entry Plan is intended to help us track and evaluate ministry progress with the vision of Christ in mind. But the motives behind it is really to fervently pray, plan, prepare and practice by faith our daily walk in the Lord in light of the Great Commission.
My mind was blown away. I mean, not to invalidate any feelings of hurt but, what should I complain about, right? These people look unto God and see Him as a God of miracles and as a God who said that we should pray for our enemies and those who persecute us (Matthew 5:44). These people look unto God despite all the brutal things they are going through because of their faith.
But along the way, the words and promises of God has taught me many things about Jesus including how He responded to the hurtful/undeserving things said/done against Him.
If you have been wrongly accused of because of your faith in God or have been made fun of because of your desire to follow Jesus, I have listed down four things for you — two things here and another two in my next blog post. God reminds me of these things whenever I get into that kind of situation. I hope this also encourages you in Christ.