Who Am I?

What's happening in the life of GUV;

GUVyouth
-Friday 9th November - 7pm to 9pm - Netherfield Chapel - Friday Night Social
-Sunday11th November 4:30pm to 6pm - Sunday Youth Service 

We ask that people please pray for the teams and for the youth that attend.

Testimony at GUVyouth

Our Youth Team leaders, James and Charlotte, would like to give an opportunity for somebody to give their testimony on Friday at our GUVyouth Social. They would need to be there for 8:20pm, however, they are welcome anytime from 6 and can leave as soon as 9 but again, welcome to stay. Their testimony would need to be between 10-15mins long and ideally, we are looking for a testimony about somebody finding themselves in God, the theme this week is “I am me”.

If they are interested could they email James a brief summary via the email youth@grandunionchurch.org

Christmas Events
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Sunday 23rd December - 3pm onwards - Bradwell Abbey - Nativity and Carols by Candlelight (Joint Service)
-Tuesday 25th December - 10am to 11am - Netherfield Chapel - Christmas Day Service (Joint Service)


WHO AM I?

Thomas Keating wrote Self-hatred is also the hatred of God, because God and ourselves are united.

The most important question we all must answer for ourselves is “Who am I?” If you can get that right, the rest largely takes care of itself. Paul answers the questions directly: “You are hidden with Christ in God, and Christ is your life” (Colossians 3:3-4).   We need to learn that our identity is not tied up in a world that is ever changing but on the rock that is Jesus.  Every time you start hating or doubting yourself, ask, “Who am I?” The answer will come: “I am hidden with Christ in God” in every part of my life. I am bearing both the mystery of suffering humanity and the mystery of God’s glory, which is precisely the mystery of Christ. (Allow yourself to be shocked by the universality of Scriptures like 1 Corinthians 3:21-23, 15:22-28 or Colossians 1:15-20.)

God looks at us and always sees Christ, and God finds us always and entirely lovable. God fixes God’s gaze intently where we refuse to look, on our shared, divine nature as God’s children (1 John 3:2). And one day our gaze will match God’s gaze. We will find God entirely lovable and ourselves fully lovable in the same moment. Why? Because it is the same set of eyes that is doing the looking. “All of us, gazing with unveiled face on the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, as from the Lord who is the Spirit” (2 Corinthians 3:18).

All we have to do is receive God’s gaze and then return what we have received. We simply complete the divine circuit, “love returning love” as St. Francis put it. This is our spiritual agenda for our whole life.

We are saved by standing consciously and confidently inside the force field that is Christ, not by getting it right in our private selves. This is too big a truth for the small self to even imagine.  All we can do is fall into the Eternal Mercy—into Love—which we can never really fall out of because “we belong to Christ and Christ belongs to God,” as Paul so beautifully stated (1 Corinthians 3:23).

Our holiness is first of all and really only God’s holiness, and that is why it’s certain and secure. It is a participation in love, a mutual indwelling, not an achievement or performance on our part. “If anyone wants to boast, let them boast in the Lord,” Paul shouts at the end of his long argument (1 Corinthians 1:31). Jeremiah said the same long before Paul: “Thus says the Lord: Let not the wise boast of their wisdom, nor the strong boast of their strength, nor the rich boast of their riches. But rather, let those who boast, boast of this, that they know me” (Jeremiah 9:22-23)