THE CHRISTIAN’S IDENTITY PARADOX**
The paradox…is to find
Your identity through Christ’s mind…
Without Him you’ll never
See love forever,
And of yourself you are blind.
Christ said “die to self-love”
But we don’t know what that’s of…
Who ae we really
That God loves us freely,
And visits us like a dove?
He loves us just as we are,
That sounds okay, so far…
Can we take a reprieve
From our view self-deceived
To see who we REALLY are?
So many of us learn
To hide our real selves once burned…
And not recognise
Until we’re surprised
At the strange things that are up-churned.
Turn unto Christ with your pleas
Learning through His eyes who He sees…
Peter learned pride
And fear were inside,
Experiencing a lake in a strong breeze!
What else did he learn, let’s ask,
While following Christ was his task…
He was impulsive, true,
But humility came through,
Remembering performance in his past.
In order to give your life you must live,
Prepared to learn what God gives…
Learn thyself well
To escape from Hell,
As choosing your whole self to give.
** See more in THE GIFT OF BEING YOURSELF, by David G. Benner, 2004, IVP BOOKS.