I can’t tell you how many times I have heard the phrase, “You have never seen your own face,” until I heard it one more time, not directed at me. Then the next thing said was, “the Bible is the mirror who shows us who we really are.” Now think about this, when we see our face in a mirror, it is merely a reflection. So, it proves true that the Bible reflects who we are and what we look like to God. The world may say a lot of different things about us, who live in Christ, but most of the time, it isn’t true. I know a lot of the girls sitting in jail-church have heard people they trusted say horrible things to them and eventually believed them.
We all have an identity but what is it? Some people put the label of alcoholic on themselves even though it has been ten years since their last drink. Some people call cancer, “my cancer, or my depression,” as if it is who they are. Sickness may be in my body, but it doesn’t identify who I am. We tend to make our sin who we are, but it’s just not true. Born again people call themselves sinners, saved by grace. There is no such thing as a sinner saved by grace, you want to know why? Because sin means you are separated from God, if you are born again that means Jesus lives inside you and said you would never be separated from him again. Grace means unmerited favor; it means it has already been provided. It’s by grace through faith that we are saved.
Paul writes several letters in the New Testament addressed to the Saints. That word means sacred, pure, blameless, consecrated, and holy; that is who Paul is writing to. But you say, I don’t feel sacred, pure, blameless, consecrated or holy. Because it’s not about a feeling, it’s about believing what God says we are. 2 Cor 5:17 “Therefore if anyone, is in Christ, he is a new creature, the old things have passed away, behold, all things become new.” A metamorphosis takes place inside us, supernaturally. We get the mind of Christ, He takes our heart of stone and gives us a heart of flesh and He changes our heart to be for others.
It isn’t until we know who Jesus Christ is that we can know and see who we are in Him. Eph 2:6&7 says, “He raised us up with Him and seated us with Him in heavenly places.” When you go to a reading of the last will and testament of someone in your family, you find out you have been left a large amount of money. It was there all along, but you just didn’t know it. The person who is leaving this to you has died, that is the only way it can belong to you. Jesus died on the cross and left us His inheritance of the Kingdom. Grace has already provided it, you just didn’t know it. The Bible is the mirror to us to show us who we are in Christ. I John 4:17 says it best, “By this, love is perfected with us, so that we may have confidence in the Day of Judgment because as He is, so also are we in the world.”
The two girls I counseled I had talked with before. The first lady says she is getting out soon, and she is already doing things differently. “If I can live for Jesus in here, I can live for Him out there,” she told me. “I am not doing the same things to get me in here.” She continued. When she first arrived in jail this time, she couldn’t cry, she had a hard heart, but the girl I listened to tonight has cried and her heart is soft.
Following her was Princess, and she is more open about what she wants when she gets out of jail this time. She will be attending a 28 day program before she goes home. She is faced with making some difficult decisions for herself and her children. She wants her “baby daddy” to marry her, to make an honest woman out of her. But most of all, she wants him to join her as she follows Jesus. She wants to bring her children up in the Lord, but doesn’t want to do it alone. I know how she feels, and the best answer I can give her is to let God be God in her life. He is able to keep her and her family.
Written by Tracey