Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Hello My Name Is ________.

When most people ask who we are, we naturally respond by telling them what we do. “I’m an architect, teacher, graphic designer etc..” Unless of course you work at McDonalds, then it’s, “Well I’m studying to be an IT professional,” or “I’m doing some things right now.. uh but I really want to go to film school.” Then you may be the guy who lives with his / her parents and burns most of the day with the playstation. “We’ll I’ve always wanted to pursue acting,” he says sheepishly. The point is, most of us get our identity by what we do or aspire to become. Did you know God wants to give you an identity apart from what you do? This may sound absurd, but it’s true!

After having the privilege of traveling the open highway for 4 years or so with our worship and preaching ministry, Radiant Worship, the Lord led me in 2007 to work for a telecom company. Some would call this, “getting a REAL job.” I will insert here that ministry in fact IS a real job, and much more so. However, there is something to be said about doing what you love, and I was no longer doing just that. I learned very quickly that this company didn’t care who I was,(per sey) or that I’ve ran my own business, or that I could probably run THEIR business. (At least in my estimation at the time) They just wanted me to do my job, as assigned, and do it well. The Lord greatly used this “opportunity” to re-arrange who I thought myself to be. I surely didn’t want to think of myself as a telecom guy. (not to say anything against telecom guys, I happen to know a few great people who love it!)

During this season, Radiant would still go out to minister occasionally in the nation. While out with our ministry, I would THEN feel like I was walking in my identity. However, God did not want what I was DOING, however I esteemed it, to be my identity. Some days were especially tough, like when we produced another CD. I would work 9 to 10 hours a day, come home, put on a fresh pot of coffee, go jogging around my block, go into my home studio, and mix until after midnight. It did this straight for 2 months to complete that recording. During this time, the Presence of God became so sweet. That is, when I could just squeeze in an hour here or there to be with Him. I would regularly skip lunches just to pray, sit in His Presence and read my bible. It seemed as if He was just waiting for me some days. I would leave my work desk, and go sit outside and instantly be aware of His Presence. It was amazing to me to learn to encounter God with such a “busy” schedule, while seemingly not DOING what I was made to do.

In the middle of this intense season, my son by the same name, Richy, had a life threatening seizure and was flown by helicopter 40 miles away to Houston, TX. When the nurses called a “code blue,” which is medical language for, “dying person, everybody rush over here, including unnecessary people, and do what you can,” I, for 1 minute or so, believed he was dying. While sitting in my designated chair in the corner of the room, I encountered the same sweet Presence of God I had become increasingly familiar with under pressure. My son came through that ordeal, as did his parents. In the middle of what looked like tragedy, I wanted to be with Jesus. His Presence turned that situation around.

It took me one year at that job to become more concerned with being near God, than what I was DOING. He became (and is still becoming) what I want to be doing. And in this process, the “who I am” is being changed.

Hello my name is Richy. I am a son of God.

Great scriptures on our identity and sufficiency in Christ
Psa. 23:1 "The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want."
1Pet. 2:9 But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;
Col. 1:27 To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.
Rev. 2:17 “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes I will give some of the hidden manna to eat. And I will give him a white stone, and on the stone a new name written which no one knows except him who receives it.” ’