18Oct

who I am and whose I am

Jesus had complete clarity on who He was and whose He was. He stayed connected to the Father and They moved as One. He knew His audience and who He came to please. Submission to the Father was His way of life and He followed the plan precisely. There was never an occasion where He lost purpose or wasted time. Even in His leisure moments, He was still loving, teaching, and pouring into people.

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When interacting with others online it is easy to lose ourselves. We get caught up in time and find ourselves in conversations that don’t matter. Online can be an enormous black hole, for some it can become an addiction. The temptation to be or become ‘someone’ you’re not, is greater than most of us will admit.

Without clear presence of mind and heart, it’s easy for Christ followers to fall into temptation and forget who they are and to whom they belong.

It is dangerous to enter into this web-based world — where unsolicited distractions ping pong around you — where it is easy to lose your true identity.

Who you are speaks directly to your purpose. Why are you here? Why are you here for such a time as this? His timing isn’t accidental. Why you are here is linked to what God has uniquely woven into the fabric of your being. The ‘ALL of you’ is designed to please God. He wants all of you ‘all in’ on His plan.

“I’ll show up and take care of you as I promised and bring you back home. I know what I’m doing, I have it all planned out- plans to take care of you, not abandon you,
plans to give you the future you hoped for.”

Jeremiah 29:11
The Message

Whose you are is governed by whom you serve and what holds your heart. At some point, you made a decision who would be the Lord of your life and heart. Be sure it is Christ sitting on the throne of your life before you engage with others on His behalf. You must have your heart surrendered, centered, and prepared before you enter the online mission field.

“My son, give attention to my words, incline your ear to my sayings.
Do not let them depart from your eyes. Keep them in the midst of your heart,
for they are life to those who find them and health to all their flesh.
Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life.”

Proverbs 4: 20 – 24
NKJV

Please share: What are you doing to prepare your heart and mind for what He has called you to communicate to the world today?

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  • http://amysorrells.wordpress.com Amy Sorrells

    The importance of considering all you say here is extremely underestimated, and I was convicted of so much while reading this. Lately I’ve been thinking about how much garbage and (indeed) evil is on the internet. As followers of Jesus, we need to be uber-deliberate and uber-careful about what, where and when we post, because of all the bytes out there, ours are the ones that should be the cyber-hands and cyber-feet of God (if you will). At the same time, finding a health balance of how much time I spend online is something I struggle with, too. Being a good servant of all of these things has a profound impact on who we are and how the world sees us. Thank you for this post!!!

  • http://rlcblog.com Dusty Rayburn

    My goal is to shine Jesus in social media and with every breath I breathe in the non-virtual society. I am constantly reminded that if I do not start my day by focusing on God…I cannot make it through the day communicating God. The most important aspect of following God is being in continual relationship with Him and submission to Him.

  • Tami Heim

    Amen Dusty! We have to be consistent every place we are and the only way to do that is to stay connected to The Power Source. Knowing our neediness helps us keep our hearts open to obey. Thanks for sharing. Bless you.

  • Tami Heim

    Amy – I love what you make possible when you say we need to be His cyber-hands and feet. For many, being online is an extraordinary way to live out faith and share it with others. When we wrote our book we discovered story after story of how God was connecting people online and then connecting them to Him. We want to claim the internet and all these networks for His glory. Sound bold? Why not? All things are possible. This communication explosion is happening in ‘our time’ and we can’t ignore the potential impact.

    Like everything – we need to find a holy balance. Being here and doing good can’t be a substitute for being alone with Him. I personally set boundaries and a kitchen timer comes in handy too! /

    Thanks for sharing. I appreciate how you live out your faith in this space. You make a difference.
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  • http://twitter.com/kennysilva Kenny Silva

    In my humble opinion, the best preparation for communicating about God, in any medium, is bible study. The more I immerse myself in His Word, the more I am able to speak intelligently about Him. There’s nothing worse than prematurely sprinting out into the middle of the crowd, sputtering half-baked theology, and asking people to accept a misrepresentation of who Christ is and what He’s done. The best way to teach others about Him online is to stay truly close to Him, to study His word, to abide in Him, and to live our lives out loud (digitally or otherwise) in a way that honors Him.

  • Tami Heim

    I am tracking right there with you Kenny. It is one of those things where once you get connected – you can’t imagine doing another day without it – without Him. ‘Abide in Him” – I love everything that it means.

    Thanks for your passion and desire to reflect Him in all things. Bless you for your boldness and for all you do in your blog to make Him known. /

    Yes – YOU are a Digital Scribe, indeed.

  • http://twitter.com/RachelHauck RachelHauck

    Great post. It speaks to the heart of many today. Who are we? What do we believe? Where do we get our identity? The problem with building our believe and identity foundation on Political Correctness is that is changes. It’s fluid. It’s based on oppressing rather than releasing.

    Jesus is about truth and foundations. The Proverbs verse is so right on. “Out of it (HIM) spring the issues of life.”

    Be Bold… online! Thanks for this reminder.

  • Tami Heim

    Oh Rachel….oppressing rather than releasing…beautifully said, painfully true.
    I am on board and being BOLD with YOU.

  • Zoe :)

    Today I am preparing through prayer to just be obediant today, and seize every opportunity to speak His name into the hearts of those who have not accepted Him. It was a great post and encouraging because we all do need to remeber WHOSE we are. And if He is for us WHO CAN BE AGAINST US???? :) THis world can be intimidating and we are weak… But Praise GOd He empowers us through His spirit and His power is made perfect in weakness!!! :) So I pray that all of God’s people and followers of Christ are just in step with His Spirit, living today for Him and Him alone…. Speaking of His great Glory!!!!! :)
    Thank you Mom so totally encouraging!!! Cant wait to read more in the book to see what God is going to teach me through my mentor and inspiration 😉

  • Tami Heim

    I am standing with you in prayer for all God’s people.
    God bless your faithfulness and willing heart to serve
    You make that side of the world brighter.
    I love you
    Mom