HAVE YOU WONDERED? Just who do you think you are?

Russ Whitten
Walton Sun
When I was living in Colorado, I heard a story about a woman who worked for United Airlines as a ticket agent at the Denver International Airport. One very cold, wintery day there was a heavy snowstorm and United Airlines was forced to cancel several flights. As you can imagine, this is always a very stressful and busy time for airport ticket agents.
The lady at the ticket counter was doing her very best to help a long line of people reschedule their flights, when an agitated man forced his way past the crowd right up to the very front of the line. He slammed his ticket on the counter and said, “I have to be on this flight and it has to be first class!”
The ticket agent was very kind, smiled and said, “Sir, as you can see there are a lot of people in front of you. I must help them first, however when it is your turn, I will do my very best to help you.”
The man replied in a pompous, loud way, “Do you have any idea who I am?” Calmly and sweetly, she picked up the microphone and said, “Excuse me ladies and gentleman, we have a man up here at the front desk who does not know who he is. If anyone can please help him find his identity, please come to the front.”
I don’t think this man is alone. I believe one of the fundamental problems Christians have is that we really don’t understand who we truly are.
Several years ago, I was going through a rough time and was very depressed. A friend of mine told me, “You know what you need to do? You need to read through the entire New Testament and every time you see the words, ‘You are …’ you need to write down the description of how God sees you.” I took his advice to heart and here is a song that I wrote that came from this exercise.
You Are
You are going to heaven
Your name is written in the book
Your sins have been forgiven
You are more than conquerors
You are saved, you are forgiven, you are the salt of the earth
You are healed, you are alive, you’ve been given new birth
You are born again and walking in the newness of life
You are holy, you are clean, you’ve been clothed with Christ
You are the heir to the Kingdom
You are a stranger in the world
You are Christ’s Ambassador
You’re a proclaim-er of His Word
You are the light of the world, the aroma of Christ
You are a servant, you are a saint, A living sacrifice
You are the Temple of His Spirit, you are a jar of clay.
You are ready, you are watchful for His return someday.
You are One, you are free, you are united with me
You are a son or a daughter, adopted by a King
You are the children of the promise, you are Abraham’s seed
You are alive for eternity
Now become what you are
Today’s Prayer
Dear Holy Father, we thank you that “if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here” (2 Corinthians 5:17). Thank you for giving us new identities through Christ. Help us to become what we are. In Jesus Christ’ Holy Name, Amen
Russ Whitten is a local minister, writer and musician. His band, The Bonhoeffers, play every Friday and Saturday night at Jackacudas. His book Have You Ever Wondered? is available on