In the 1987 Robocop flick, there is a scene that resonates in my mind to this very day. In it, one of the criminals who killed Officer Murphy (who is now Robocop) is knocking over a gas station. Robocop shows up, having seen the robbery from the highway he’s driving on.
As he approaches, the criminal pulls a gun on him and Robocop responds, “Drop it! Dead or alive, you’re coming with me!” This triggers the criminals memory of Officer Murphy saying the same thing. The criminal then responds with “I know you! You’re dead! We killed you! We killed you!” and begins firing his automatic weapon. The exchange next begins with the gas station being blown up and ends with the criminal flipping over the handlebars of his motorcycle and onto the road way. Robocop picks him up and utters the line that is so firmly fixed in my memory, “Who are you?” In fact, he says it a couple of times with nothing more than guttural groans from the criminal.
To this day, anytime I hear someone say “Who are you,” I hear Robocop’s electronically tinged, bass voice say that line. It usually elicits a chuckle, but today, I think of it with a more serious tone.
Today, I ask this of you; who are you?
Now, don’t brush off that question. For some of you, your initial response is something of your job or that you’re a nice guy. For others of you, like I was back then, your response is something more like, “I don’t know!” That response may even be choked through tears.
When your spouse walks out or when they declare they want a divorce, the question is often asked, who am I now? I’m no longer a husband; so, what does that make me? Some are asking, can I even be a father now? Am I even worth anything? I couldn’t keep my wife, what makes me able to do anything else? Oh the list can grow and the self-depreciation can begin. So, let me say it now, like Robocop: Drop it!
Who are you?
Jesus tells you who you are in many ways. If you know Him, I highly recommend you take this list (*http://bit.ly/1i83nQy) and go over it every morning. Don’t just read through it, ponder through it. Consider what that means, look up the verses, and let the One who knows you best (and still loves you) speak into your very heart and soul. Let His love of you and who He says you are become your truest of identities. Choose to live in the identity He has given you and don’t let that be taken from you.
If you choose not to follow Jesus, then I am at a bit of a loss. Without Jesus, life has no real meaning and your soul has no real healer. While you can find plenty of pleasure to cover the grief and plenty of things to try to build some meaning, you will ultimately find that it falls short of the truth Jesus brings to a life. I encourage you to take the opportunity to accept Him. The Bible says that if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. The Bible also encourages you, if you have done that, to confess your sins to God because He will forgive your sins and cleanse you from unrighteousness. Lastly, the Bible tells us that you were saved for good works. That doesn’t mean that now that you’re saved, you go do it on your own. Rather, now that you’re saved, watch for the opportunities God will place in your path to serve Him. And most of all, get into the Scriptures, the Word of God, the Bible. A good place to start is the Gospel of John, or you could grab the list above and begin studying your identity in Jesus.
Whether you are a new believer (Welcome to the family of God!) or a long time believer, I encourage you to grab the list above and start going through it.
As you walk the road of post-divorce or single-parenthood, the Devil will try to drag you down and make you feel like dirt. So, prepare yourself, learn how to wield the Sword of the Spirit (a term used in the Bible for the Bible) so that you can fend off the Devil’s attacks. Furthermore, you’ll reinforce the truth in your mind which will help you renew your mind (Romans 12:2). The more you submit yourself to the Truth of God’s Word, the more you can be used to bless others.
“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light…” – 1 Peter 2:9
Vires et Honorem
* If you have trouble with the link, try this one (http://www.calvarybelmar.org/IdentityInJesus.pdf). Otherwise, it may have been taken down. If so, please leave a comment, and I will try to update with a good link.