Who are you?
Seems like an innocent enough question. I am a product of the decisions I have made in the past and will be making in the future. Scripture tells us who we are. . . So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; Male and Female he created them. (Genesis 1:27) But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. (1 Peter 2:9) 1 See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! (1 John 3:1)
Recently my son requested a new catcher’s mitt for Christmas. We scoured the internet to compare different models and what is available. Our desire was to equip him with a mitt that will last the next two years of high school and possibly further. My wife and I finally made a decision to purchase a Heart of Hide Rawlings mitt. The term “Heart of Hide” has stuck with me. The leather is the best, without blemish, most durable part of the hide; it is hand selected and stitched and crafted with care from master craftsmen. The mitt came with small but noticeable tags with all the claims and explanations of the product, even including a key fob with the Rawlings logo. While the cost was high, we looked at the value and long-term needs and bought the mitt. Why am I writing about a mitt?
Playing the position of catcher requires specific gear that is used exclusively for that position. If our son would play shortstop, we would not expect him to use the mitt for that position. Although the glove is expensive and has lots of value, if used for the wrong position it is less than ideal. The value would be misplaced, and all on the team would feel the negative effects as well.
Who are You? Where do you add the most value, and where can you add value to the team? What are the tags and claims hanging off of us? Are we boldly claiming our royal priesthood and living lives of authenticity and serving those around us? Please take a minute to absorb the verses above and claim what scriptures clearly tell us. This time of reflection may cause us to ask questions and go to the next level. What is my value at currently, what changes are necessary, what is working well? Let’s keep adding value where God has called us to, remain focused on those around us, grow with one another, and further the Kingdom of God.