Christian, Who Are You?

Who do we tell people who we are? And for whose glory?
Who do we tell people who we are? And for whose glory?

Often in conversation with my husband, I will compliment him in one way or another and he will instantly turn to me and declare that he is a sinner. I will just as often banter back with, “Yes, but a sinner saved by grace, a redeemed sinner.” We have this same conversation on a regular basis. Yet, the other day as this played out, a thought came to me, a redeemed sinner yes, but a redeemed sinner of what? It struck me what a generic statement a “redeemed sinner” was. The conversation in my head went something like this,

I am a redeemed sinner.

Wonderful, a redeemed sinner of what?

You know, sin.

Exactly…what sin?

Oh…

Generic and safe. Sin. We, as sinful, proud people, like generic, hazy statements like this. It doesn’t make us feel so bad. There is no conviction in it. No challenge. And no power to convince us we need change as more often than not…we really don’t believe we need changing.

Okay, so now think with me, when we are meeting someone new, and they ask with genuine interest, “So, tell me about you, who are you?” What do we tell them? Habitually the details relayed will present us in a good light because, of course, we want them to think well of us. Especially, if we think well of them, if we hold the questioner in high esteem. So, we tell them our occupations, our married status, if we have children or grandchildren, what our religious stance is, our political position, any number of details, but rarely will we reveal our soul status, our spiritual condition. Why?

As a result, when the above scene with my husband played out yet once again, and the Spirit confronted me, “Yes, a sinner but a sinner of what, lying, adultery, prostitution, idolatry, what?” He required honesty knowing I needed it in my soul. A difficult challenge. I began to think about this. Yes, I am a sinner saved by grace; I saw myself on a podium in front of a group of people introducing myself,

Thank you for having me. Let me introduce myself. I am Ulrike Grace.

I am -a redeemed prostitute,

-a redeemed drunk or drug user,

-a redeemed liar,

-a redeemed idolater,

-a redeemed adulterer.

-a redeemed oath breaker. All of these things and more.

What do you think the reaction would be? I didn’t have to actually do it, though I may be tempted to one day, to know I would see eyes wide open in surprise and maybe even shock, some with downcast eyes. I would hear uncomfortable shuffling, an instant busyness as some in the audience would try to find something to occupy themselves so they won’t have to listen. I am not sure I wouldn’t do the same thing. We are uncomfortable with the truth even when it is redeeming truth. Yet I didn’t say I was a liar today…I said I was a redeemed liar but my pride, still and yet, does not want people to know that I even was a liar. Let’s face it, the Church hasn’t always been graceful to the fallen and the wounded. Believers are loath to be honest and upfront with their scars.

We teach alcoholics in Alcoholics Anonymous to declare, “Hello I am a recovering Alcoholic.” A redeemed alcoholic. They, alcoholics are taught that recognition and confession is three quarters of the way to full healing. We do this with the physical body yet we are loath to do this for the soul. We want to be known for what we do; for the good things we have accomplished and the good attributes which are respectful and honorable. But for whose glory? Gods or ours? Do we refrain so as to be to cover our embarrassment? If I would be honest about where I have come from and what the Lord Jesus has redeemed me from, who do you think will get the glory? Father. For the Spirit points to the Son and the Son glorifies the Father.

So I make a request today. Christian, who are you? Tell me about you? And to the greater body of Christ, are we willing to listen? Are we willing let ourselves and others make their declaration of redemption and freedom?

© 2010 UlrikeGrace

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itakins 6 years ago from Irl

I am a sinner- a Christian,who has been reminded by this article,of the barbaric, and cruel humiliation Jesus suffered -as gift for my salvation.A divine gift -but not a right,unless I acknowledge those sins,seek forgiveness and amend my ways-again and again if need be.


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UlrikeGrace 6 years ago from Canada Author

To fully appreciate the grace that Father provided for us in Jesus...I believe we have to be constantly aware of our own specific sinfulness. Not in the sense that we have to make them right, if we could we wouldn't have needed Jesus but in a sense of gratefulness for the redemption that has been gotten for us. Thanks for you comments itakins...blessings to you


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itakins 6 years ago from Irl

I understand where you are coming from-I believe we have to be repentent-If I kill-I cannot assume redemption;I confess with sincerity,ask forgiveness and sincerely intend to amend my ways.

Christ gave us the ultimate gift for salvation-His death on the cross-but by sin ,we reject this love(degrees of sin ,of course).

It's really just doctrinal differences:)

The same Father,Son and Holy Spirit


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UlrikeGrace 6 years ago from Canada Author

iakins...well said...Amen

UlrikeGrace


coffeesnob 6 years ago

OK - I have waited to post this because it is never fun to look at our carnal selves. But it is needed. I don't focus on this - I focus on Christ, but as you say, if I am not aware of the sin that can so easily entangle me I will not be able to run the race.

I am a sinner saved by grace - there is no doubt of it. I am a warrior who has fallen on the battlefield of sin. That is even after knowing Christ I fell back into carnality - but He is the great restorer and He sent angels (I call them battle buddies) friends and sisters in Christ who came out and picked me up and helped me to fight off the enemy, stood me back up and God has again lifted me up. Now I keep a close watch on this ol' heart -it is deceitful above all things - and I stay close to my battle buddies.

Some favorite song lyrics I appreciate are "I stand, I fall, he takes my hand and gives me grace to stand again. He teaches and tests and I try again - until I understand. I try, but I fail miserably; He picks me up so graciously, and walks me back where we began and we begin again." Sorry so long - This was a very needed hub - thanks


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UlrikeGrace 6 years ago from Canada Author

Oh Coffesnob...thanks for your honesty and grace...this what we need inside the physical church...not just cyber church but I will take it where ever I can get it. If we are honest...which I am learning to be without fear...we fall every day...no sense trying to hide our scraped knees...as long as we are still getting up and NOT leaving the Highway of Holiness, God's grace will carry us through. I love that it is God Himself who is healer, bandager, and picker upper...(to use the venacular of my little granddaughter).

Blessings and love to you

UlrikeGrace


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Dave Mathews 6 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

UlrikeGrace, this is a very moving and touching and well thought out piece. I am linking you to my hub to follow what you have to write.

Brother Dave Mathews.


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UlrikeGrace 6 years ago from Canada Author

Thank you Dave, may God be the one glorified as He is the one who has made all these things possible. If it weren't for Him we would still be lost in our sin...

Blessings and Peace be to you in His Name

Ulrike Grace


rls4Immanuel 6 years ago

Ulrike Grace:

Very encouraging. In order to come to salvation, a person has to believe they need salvation from something. God always opens the eyes of our hearts to our sin as a tool of His grace to bring us to salvation! Hallelujah!


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UlrikeGrace 6 years ago from Canada Author

Yes, and as I have said, rls, the more I realize what my savior has saved me from, what He has atoned for, my specific sin...the more my gratefulness and thanksgiving grows. Where sin abounds grace much more abounds, praise God!

Blessings

Ulrike Grace


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parrster 6 years ago from Oz

Thanks UlrikeGrace, a beautifully written article.


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UlrikeGrace 6 years ago from Canada Author

Your welcome parrster, and welcome to the HubPages...blessings to you as you continue to take us down the road of your own writing...


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Smireles 6 years ago from Texas

itakins says:

3 weeks ago

I understand where you are coming from-I believe we have to be repentent-If I kill-I cannot assume redemption;I confess with sincerity,ask forgiveness and sincerely intend to amend my ways.

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Iatkins got it right. Repentance is at the top of the list but you must ask! I think a lot of people believe that forgiveness and remission of sins just happen...but that is not the case.

UlrikeGrace, you have written a wonderful article that is much needed today.

Blessings, Sandra


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UlrikeGrace 6 years ago from Canada Author

Sandra...I agree with both you and Iatkins! The Word says we must confess with our mouth and that includes confessin of sins...and them Godly sorrow, which leads to repentance...and then Praise God salvation!

Thanks for your comment Sandra blessings to you

UlrikeGrace


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aguasilver 6 years ago from Malaga, Spain

Hi UlrikeGrace,

Glad we found each other!

I guess my hubs tell anybody who wants to know exactly what I am redeemed from!

John


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UlrikeGrace 6 years ago from Canada Author

I'm glad too, and anybody whom my savior has brought into the kingdom, hey is a sibling of mine!I think being up front does more to reminding me where I came from...Jesus is my salvation...not anything I do...

Blessings on you aguasilver

UlrikeGrace


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drpastorcarlotta 6 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

Oh, how I love this hub!!! In giving my testimony I reveal being Ms. X. X drug addict, X cig. smoker, X drug dealer, X liar, and so on and so on. I have told my testimony all over the city and in doing so, I received God's blessings and strength. Sometimes I could hear a voice in my ear telling me not to tell the audience who I use to be which we know that was the enemy. He doesn't want you to tell your testimony and how Jesus has set you free because he doesn't want others to be set free! But Jesus wants us to tell our testimony! I thank you for this Hub. From Prison to Pastor, from Crises to Christ, From Glory to Glory is who I am. UlrikeGrace, when you get a chance, come visit me. Be Blessed and a blessing...


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UlrikeGrace 6 years ago from Canada Author

Thank you drpastorcarlotta , I appreciate your comments. Honesty is hard come by especially in our souls. I think we lie to ourselves as much as we lie to another. Being able to see ourselves for who we truly are without Jesus is truly the best gift salvation can bring to us. If...if we are willing to embrace it. Blessinsg to you as you share the truth of the salvation of our God.

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