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Faith First: Do you know who you are?

Reverend Patrick Allen from Ada’s First Presbyterian Church spoke at Chapel last Thursday on the idea of finding oneself in proportion to God.

According to Allen, in today’s society, it is difficult to discover oneself because as a group and as individuals, we do not have the experience necessary to understand what to do when we fail to meet the standards of God.

“Since birth, we are always told how good we are. Society does not set limits anymore that help kids distinguish failure,” Allen said.

He gave the example of how sports tend to work nowadays, specifically wrestling. Today’s wrestling competitions use a double elimination bracket, unlike earlier competitions where the tournament only used one bracket, and awards were only given to the top three wrestlers.

Because we are always told how good we are, we do not have an understanding of how we fit in relation to God.

Allen told the congregation about the time when he and his wife were teaching their kids about serving. One day, his son woke up, made everyone’s bed in the house and he helped his younger brother. When he was doing these actions, he turned to his parents and asked, “Can we videotape me being a servant?”

“We tend to have an attitude that says ‘Lord, look at the things I’m doing. Aren’t you blessed to have me?’” he said. “It’s hard for us to see ourselves as sinners in desperate needs.”

Rev. Allen used King David as an example of the kind of mentality that we should have as Christians and how to look at ourselves. He used David’s prayer in Samuel 7: 18-29, which captures this man’s gratitude and amazement for God’s grace.

David starts out in his prayer asking “Who am I?” This question shows his wonder as he compares himself to God. David knows he is not worthy of God’s blessing: a kingdom and a legacy.

David, like everyone, had his moments when he carried out his own way, but unlike today’s world, David had found himself. He knew that he was not walking in God’s path and worked to fix it.

“If we see ourselves as sinners and understand our relationship with God, then Jesus’ death is the greatest breath of fresh air,” he said.