Who Are You in Christ

One popular hip-life artiste in this country has a song titled “I know my level.” I believe that sometimes as Christians, we tend to forget our ‘level’ in God. If we really know who we are in the eyes of God or our place in the world in relation to God or who God really is, I believe we will never complain or be faint-hearted when we are faced with some challenges. Rather unfortunately, these challenges make us doubt our place in God or who God really is.

Israel was chosen by God when they were nothing. He saved them from Egypt with mighty deeds when they couldn’t save themselves; yet at every obstacle on their way, they complained. Today, in our first reading, we are told that the Israelites were impatient with God and thus spoke against Him. God sent fiery serpents to teach them a lesson, after which they go back to Him to save them. God, being merciful and forgiving in nature, devises a way to save them. In the same vein, we who were neck-deep in sin, have been saved by the suffering, crucifixion and death of God’s only begotten Son; yet, we’re quick to grumble and whine at the least sight of trouble, and we curse God.

The extraordinary moment we find ourselves in should teach us our place in relation to God: God is the Master Planner, the Architect, the Only Player of the chess game and we are the pieces; the Script Writer and we are the characters; the Porter and we are the clay. Thus we have to know that God dictates what the clay is to become, how the actors are to act, the movement of the pieces of the chess game, how the building is to look, etc. When we come to this realization, we will shout out loud with the psalmist and say “what is man that you are mindful of him, mere mortal that you care for him?” This will make our hearts be filled with the awe of God and be moved to thank Him always.

The people of Israel always forget about the wonders of God in their lives when they are faced with a challenge and swiftly change to nagging mode. You and I are no different, for St. Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 10: 11 that “These things happened to them as examples for us. They were written down to warn us who live at the end of the age.” Instead of behaving like the Israelite by complaining, let’s acknowledge our place in him; His love will surely save us.
(Num. 21:4-9; Ps. 102; Jn 8:21-30)


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