Thursday, January 23, 2014

I Am What I Am

Good Thursday morning! No snow here, but it is colder as promised by the weather predicting persons. Little sayings today. I am what I am. It is what it is. What's done is done. Sayings like that we bat around easily almost any given day. Do we stop to think about them before the words burp out of our mouths and roll off our tongue? God gave just such a statement to Moses, "I Am that I Am." That statement was filled with deep meaning for those Moses was to deliver it to in Egypt. Many gods existed in Egypt and other nations at that time. God sent a message to the Israelite elders through Moses that He, the one true God, was speaking to them.

That title saying, 'I am what I am', is used mostly to excuse a behavior that a person does not want to change. Accompanied by a shrug of the shoulders and an offhand tone, the person spewing the saying says that pride is charge at that moment. Do we as followers of Christ turn that to 'I am what God has made'? Maybe not just yet. We cannot blame God for our tendency toward sin, or the lust of the flesh. The world has had a say thus far in what we are at the moment. Genetics and the places we have been put in their two-cents worth. We also pick up bits from those around us, which is why we are told to fellowship with our brothers and sisters in Christ. A life given to God will become exactly what God wants. We have that promise in Philippians 1:6 from Paul the apostle. Perhaps the saying is: 'I am what I am, but God is changing me daily.' I am not 'there' yet in that place where God will say "Done!" Even I can tell that by the rotten fruit that sometimes falls to the ground in my life.

Oh how that worldly training and sinful nature does cling! Be at peace though; God's grace covers all and we are turning to the light a bit more each day in Christ.


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