There was a terrific blog post on the Village Church website on Tuesday about how what we do doesn’t equate to who we are. This was the crux:
But who we are as believers is rooted in being created in the image of God and adopted into the family of God through our union with Christ. This is what should define me.
The funny part to me is when people who don’t profess to know the Lord reverberate these thoughts unwittingly. Here’s a line from Kobe Bryant in an interview in the New York Times:
What hurts a lot of people, particularly famous people, is they start valuing themselves for “what” they are, the way the world sees them: writer, speaker, basketball player. And you start believing that what you are is who you are. There’s a big difference.
What Kobe (probably) doesn’t know is that he’s been created in the image of God.
So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. –Genesis 1:27
And if you’re saved, the news gets even better:
But you are chosen race, royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. –1 Peter 2:9
One of my favorite things about Christ is how all of creation points back towards Him even if they don’t mean to. The Kobe interview is tremendous. Its implications even greater.