The way we introduce ourselves can fall into one of three categories:
Excuse for being there?
The way we introduce ourselves includes our purpose for being there (to distinguish between us and a bloke off the street).
For example, when I’m at work I introduce myself as “The student intern”. Or when I am in a hospital “I’m a medical student”.
Who do we belong to?
I often find myself explaining myself in relation to someone else
“I’m Fred’s daughter”
“I’m Dr Reed’s student”
“I’m John’s girlfriend”
On who’s authority?
Another way we might introduce ourselves is by explaining who sent us. For example, in the hospital, I might introduce myself as a medical student but then go on to say that “Dr Wright has sent me to ask you a few questions”
By doing this we are saying that someone more important has asked you to be there (and often by doing this we are deferring any blame away from ourselves
The way we introduce ourselves can point towards where we find our identity.
But what happens when our identity changes?
At the beginning of this academic year my identity changed. Not that I changed my name or had a make-over, but I could no longer introduce myself in one sentence using the BSMS mantra:
“Good afternoon, my name is Liz McClenaghan. I am a third year medical student from Brighton and Sussex Medical School.”
Now I take some explaining.
I am a medical student, though not currently, but I will be again next year. I am doing a post-grad course, but I have never graduated, and I wont graduate this summer either. I work for a Christian charity, but I’m actually a volunteer intern, so I don’t exactly class as a ‘worker’.
I found it really quite unsettling to realise that I couldn’t introduce myself the way I was used to.
However, knowing our true, eternal identity actually comes knowing who we are in Christ.
Why are we here, who do we belong to, who sent us?
Knowing who our Lord is… and from that, knowing why we are here who do we belong to and knowing exactly who sent us
We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain, where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf, having become a high priest forever after the order of Melchizedek.