More Than You Think

Your old life is dead. Your new life, which is your real life—even though invisible to spectators—is with Christ in God. He is your life. – Colossians 3:3

One of the great themes of heroic literature is the discovery of one’s true identity. So often the main character in heroic tales discovers throughout their struggles that they are so much more than they had imagined or had been led to believe. Consider a few examples:

In the Bible neither Moses nor David are mere shepherds; they are God’s chosen agents to change the world.

In The Lord of the Rings Frodo is no ordinary Hobbit; he is the savior of Middle Earth.

Harry Potter isn’t merely the boy in the cupboard beneath the stairs; he is the Chosen One who will save the Wizarding World.

In the movie The Matrix Neo is no ordinary hacker; he is The One who will save humanity from the machines.

I’ll bet you can think of other examples. This theme of “identity amnesia” runs like a thread through so many of the great stories that have captured our imagination. But have you ever stopped to wonder why?

Perhaps we resonate with these stories because they mirror our stories. Deep within, many of us sense that we are more than we have come to believe, but we repress those inklings, dismissing them as arrogant fantasy. But what if it’s true? What if we are more than we think?

I believe that that’s one of the great themes of the biblical story. It isn’t just about who God is or who Jesus is; it’s about who we are. We aren’t just animated dust. We aren’t just ordinary citizens. We are beloved children of God, hand-crafted in the imagine of our Creator. I love the way that Paul says it in his letter to the Romans, “God’s Spirit touches our spirits and confirms who we really are. We know who he is, and we know who we are: Father and children.”

Much of our spiritual formation is coming awake and alive to the reality of who we are by God’s grace, and then living into that reality. You really are more than you think. How would you live differently if you believed that?

Jeff Marian serves as lead pastor at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Burnsville, MN

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