“Who am I that the highest King
Would welcome me?
I was lost but He brought me in
Oh His love for me
Oh His love for me
Who the Son sets free
Oh is free indeed
I’m a child of God
Yes I am
I am chosen
I am who You say I am
You are for me
Not against me
I am who You say I am”
Hillsong Worship – “Who you say I am“
When I was University my most difficult piece of work came in my final year and it was not my 10,000 word dissertation! Instead it was a short piece of self evaluation, where we had to list areas of improvement and also write about all our positive qualities.
I started well in as much as I was able to list areas of improvement with practiced ease, I had been mentally making that particular list for quite some time.
When it came to reflect on my positive qualities however, I became stuck; in fact the page stayed blank for days. I at 21 years old could not think of one positive thing to say about myself!
Who do we say we are?
My example might seem quite extreme and I was personally in a difficult place then, but how often do we think negatively about ourselves? How often do we allow others or the world put negative values on us?
Who does God say you are?
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16
Through the scriptures we hear time and time again of God’s love for us. For me personally, it was only when I encountered God’s love in a very personal way that I began to view myself differently – that I began to view myself as God had always intended me to.
“We are God’s work of art, created in Christ Jesus to live the good life as from the beginning he had meant us to live it.” Ephesians 2:10
I was talking with a friend the other day and I listed the above song “Who you Say I am” as my favourite worship song; for me it speaks so much to the transformative power of God’s love.
” Who am I that the highest king should welcome me?”
I will, I think remain forever astonished that the creator of the universe, God himself- seeks a personal relationship with me. It’s a thought that awes and humbles me daily!
“I’m a child of God” “I am Chosen” “Not forsaken”
I found that it is hard to think too negatively of yourself when that knowledge of God’s love for you takes root in your heart. It is healing, freeing and utterly transformative!
I am not now of course suddenly perfect but through experience of God’s perfect love, I am free to grow in Christ, to live my life to the full, no longer held back by negativity or fear.
There are still times of course when I lack confidence or when I let negative thoughts get the better of me. When that happens or on days when that voice of doubt can be strong, I often quietly say to myself in way of a reminder ” I am who you say I am!”