“I am” are two of the most powerful words. For what you put after them shapes your reality. So, what words would you put after “I am”? What is the reality you see about yourself? “I am…”
Jesus understood who he was and we see this in the “I am” statements recorded in John’s gospel. Jesus said, “I am the bread of life” (John 6:35), “I am the gate for the sheep” (John 10:7), “I am the good shepherd” (John 10:11), “I am the light of the world” (John 8:12), “I am the resurrection and the life” (John 11:25-26), “I am the way the truth and the life” (John 14:6), “I am the vine” (John 15:5). For Jesus, there was no doubt in the reality of who he was and he lived his life in that reality.
So, who are you? What is your “I am” statement? I am a father. I am husband. I am a friend. Maybe your “I am” statement is found in you occupation: I am a success. I am a vice president at ABC Corp. I am a teacher. I am a preacher. Perhaps you have a negative view of who you are and the perceived reality that shapes your “I am” statement goes something like this: I am a failure. I am ugly.
Here’s the thing, for those of us who are in Christ, the reality of who we are goes far beyond our “I am” statements or what the world says I am. You see, in Christ “I am…”
- I am loved - “I have loved you with an everlasting love" - Jeremiah 31:3
- I am a child of God – “See what great love the Father has lavished upon us that we should be called children of God!” - 1 John 3:1
- I am forgiven – “He himself bore our sins in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; ‘by his wounds you have been healed.’” - 1 Peter 2:24
- I am righteous - “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” - 2 Corinthians 5:21
- I am set apart – “You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession.” - 1 Peter 2:9
- I am bold – “Therefore, since we have such a hope, we are very bold” - 2 Corinthians 3:12
- I am never alone – “The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” - Deuteronomy 31:8
Friends, there should be no doubt in your reality of who you are. As the psalmist writes, “I am fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:14). Let that “I am” statement shape your reality.