Who Are You?

Posted: August 21, 2011 by John D. Hayden in NFL

There has been a Brett Favre sighting in Green Bay at the Packers practice in the stands signing autographs and posing for pictures the last few weeks. Brett was also seen in a restaurant signing autographs in Green Bay as well. But was it really Brett? No it was an unidentified gentleman, who kind of resembles him, impersonating, posing for pictures, and giving out autographs in Brett’s name that has fooled the Green Bay loyal fans. 20110821-033421.jpg The question really is, Does this really look like Brett Favre and why in the world would he have a smile on his face watching his former team practice? Some say I look like Mark McGwire and even once at a baseball game at the concession stand I was given a free drink and fries because they thought I was Mark. Someone even came up to me once at a lectureship and asked if I was John Hayden. Who really am I? Who really are you? Are you a Christian or are you just posing as one?
As Christians we are called to be different than the world around us. Peter writes in 1 Peter 2 that we are being built up into a spiritual house like living stones. Peter tells us who we are as Christians in the same chapter in verse 9-10,9But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. 10 Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.

Peter says that Christians are a chosen race, royal, holy peculiar and people belonging to God that proclaim that God is so awesome. He brought us and called us out of the darkness and into his marvelous light. Peter goes on to say in this same chapter that as Christians we are foreigners and strangers in this world and our home is in heaven. The Message translation puts this passage like this in verses 11-12: “Friends, this world is not your home, so don’t make yourselves cozy in it. Don’t indulge your ego at the expense of your soul. Live an exemplary life among the natives so that your actions will refute their prejudices. Then they’ll be won over to God’s side and be there to join in the celebration when he arrives.” We even sing a song saying: This world is not our home, we are just a passing through, our treasures are laid up somewhere beyond the blue. We are in this world but not part of this world, our home is in heaven and we need to live exemplary lives.

Rick Atchely put this on twitter the other day,

“A Christ-follower is called to live distinct from the world, not distant from the world. Engage!

Who are you really? Are you who you want to be? Are you who God wants you to be? Are you impersonating yourself as a Christian by giving out autographs and posing for pictures? Can your neighbor see Christ in you or are you acting like everyone else around. Just as this gentleman is giving out autographs and signing Brett Farve’s name, he still isn’t Bret. He is just an imposter that everyone thinks is the ex-quarterback of the Green Bay Packers, New York Jets and Minnesota Vikings. We need to get real with ourselves and take a long deep look into our heart and make sure we are living the way God wants us to be. So who really are you when no one is around, when you are out with your friends, at home with your family, at work, and at worship? Are you the same person and can others tell you are a living for Christ? Take time this week to take a long deep look into the mirror and see who you really are!

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