who are you and what do you want?

Have you seen the new advertising campaign produced by an investment firm where the characters are all baby boomers approaching retirement? In each scenario depicted in the ads, the actors repeat the line, “When I grow up I want to __________.” It reminds me of a book I read entitled Who Are You and What Do You Want?

I think self-discovery is a very important thing. I am saddened whenever I meet someone who has lived their life with no sense of direction or realization of their talents and potential. I believe wholeheartedly that each of us are created with abilities that, if developed and channeled correctly, can help us to live a very fulfilling and satisfying life.

Some Christ-followers might question that statement, but let me remind you of Psalm 37:4: “Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you your heart’s desires.” What a great promise! When we link it to Ephesians 2:10, where Paul states: “For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so that we can do the good things he planned for us long ago”, we begin to see a clearer picture of what God had in mind when he designed us.

Theologian N.T. Wright, in his book Surprised by Hope, ties God’s purpose in creating us together with the hope of re-creation through the resurrection this way: “God’s design was to rule creation in life-giving wisdom through his image-bearing human creatures. But this was always a promise for the future, a promise that one day the true human being, the image of God himself, God’s incarnate son, would come to lead the human race into their true identity.” To rephrase: God created us originally to be his image bearers. Through the Fall we abdicated that responsibility. Through Christ we have been restored to the position of image bearers and entrusted with all the responsibility that goes along with it.


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