Share Who You Are

jar of clay

Sharing who we are can be a daunting task. For some, it may come naturally, but for most, it poses a challenge. After all, we are a mix of both God’s image by creation and the fallen reality of sin. Through the grace of God, Christ’s work on the Cross, the power of the Resurrection, and life in the Spirit, we have the potential to shine God’s love in amazing ways. But most of us feel hesitant somehow, perhaps as if the world might judge us as unworthy.

Missionaries deal with this reality on a daily basis. My husband and I had
 the privilege of serving with both the International Mission Board and the North American Mission Board before God called us back to serve in Alabama. Daily we prayed God would use us in just the right way with just the right people at just the right time. Never did God disappoint or fail to give opportunity. It was never about us. It never is, even now. It is always about Him, but He chooses to show His love through earthly vessels. Something about the clay jar allows others to see the Light in ways that help them relate (2 Cor. 4:7). This mysterious combination of broken perfection is beautiful in God’s sight and useful in His kingdom.

As we share who we are, we are actually sharing Who God is through us, who He is making us to be. If we allow the focus to be on Him, then we can offer both love and light in ways that truly fill a void and make an eternal difference. Because of Christ, we are worthy in God’s sight. We have something or Someone worthy to share.

Rather than sharing who we are, perhaps it is clarifying and more freeing to share Whose we are. Getting the focus off of ourselves and on to God’s work in our lives makes the conversation less about us and more about God.

The beauty of life in Christ is that He is continuing His work in our lives so that our image is being made more and more like Him. It is Christ Whom we worship and proclaim and seek to serve. As we are open to share this imperfect but ever-changing work of the Creator, may others see Jesus in us.

Laura Harper is ministry consultant for adult audiences at national WMU. Contact her at

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