Have you heard the expression, “What Would Jesus Do?” or someone say, “I want to be like Jesus.” But that can feel impossible. Especially if you’ve felt inadequate or not good enough.
As a child, my environment caused me to feel inadequate, which led to having low self-esteem. Seldom did I hear words of encouragement or an “I love you.”
Well, friends, we are in good company. Even Moses wasn’t confident in leading the children of Israel from slavery in Egypt; he felt inadequate and reluctant about approaching Pharaoh to release the people. (Exodus 3) He was full of excuses for why he couldn’t do as instructed.
God told Moses to say to Pharaoh,
“I AM WHO I AM,” sent me.
Despite how he was feeling about these instructions, Moses obeyed.
He put his confidence and trust in God, and we can do the same. You are more than enough and He wants you to have a clear understanding of his character. Jesus wanted people to have such a clear understanding of who He was that He often used word pictures to help them understand.
In the book of John, there are SEVEN times in which Jesus says ” I am ___” Each statement gives us a glimpse into who Jesus is and what He’s like.
Call to Action: As you read the following “I AM Statements” and meditate on what they mean, I pray that the Holy Spirit will bring revelation and allow it to bear fruit in your life.
We thank you that you want us to have a clear picture of who Jesus is that we might genuinely see him as the Bread of Life.
I AM the Bread of Life (John 6:35)
Food can only fill us up physically when we are hungry. But being filled up with the Word of God will curb every desire of hunger physically and fill us up spiritually. In the Book of Luke 4:4 (NLT), “But Jesus told him, “No! The Scriptures say, “People do not live by bread alone.’” Jesus was tired and weak as He did not have food or water for 40 days, yet He stood on God’s Word and promises. All who have to do is believe in Him.
I AM the Light of the World (John 8:12; 9:5)
Jesus is the sole source of Spiritual Light. There are two types of light in the world: Physical light and Spiritual light. We can see with our physical eyes when we light a candle in a room that is full of darkness, but Jesus’ in Psalms 119:105 promises to be the light on the path as we journey with Him and choose to be led by Him as the Spiritual light that we need. If you would follow Him, then He will bring His “light of life” into your life and every situation.
I AM the Gate (Door) (John 10:7)
Sheep are defenseless and dependent on the Shepherd. Sheep are always subject to danger and must be under a watchful eye as they graze in the pasture. Jesus is that Shepherd that stands at the door to protect us.
I AM the Good Shepherd (John 10:11,14)
The Good Shepherd laid down His life for us. Kakos is the Greek Word for GOOD. He has a unique character. The Shepherd is the one who tends, feeds, and guards the herd of sheep. And so, it is with Jesus; He provides every need and even many of our wants. His noble, wholesome, and righteous character protects and nurtures the flock. You can look more closely at Psalms 23 which reminds us that “The Lord is my Shepherd.”
I AM the Resurrection and the Life (John 11:25)
In this passage, Jesus had heard about his good friend Lazarus is sick, but he remained behind for two days. When he arrived, Lazarus had died, but Jesus said, “He is only asleep.” Martha says Lazarus will rise again in faith in the resurrection and life – Jesus follows it with a call of faith. “He who believes in me will live, even though he dies. (John 11:21-24) Apart from Christ, there is no eternal life. He is life, and there is no death. Believers experience resurrection because Jesus gives it. Victory in life and death is NOW not in the future.
I AM the Way, the Truth, and the Life (John 14:6)
Jesus is the Way, the path that directs us throughout life’s journey. He tells us to “Follow Me.” The Truth, the only true and living God. Your law is Truth. (Psalms 119:42) Jesus came to fulfill the law of the prophets’ incarnate Word of God. (John 1:1). Life, his promises are true, and He is the source of life and we can be free from bondage. Let us not become confused. There are not multiple ways to God the Father, there’s ONE. And Jesus Himself is the ONLY Truth.
I AM the True Vine (John 15:1)
We must stay connected to Jesus. His living energy continues to sustain our lives spiritually. We receive nourishment in every Way by the connection of the stem to the branch. We produce Godly fruit by being connected to Him; otherwise, we can be cut off like dead branches. In Him, we live, move, and have our being. (Acts 17:28) You must remain dependant on Jesus and resist doing things in your own strength. Why? Because without Him, you can do nothing-
I thank you that you want us to have a clear picture of who Jesus is that we might truly see Him as the Bread of life that sustains. May we see Him as the light of the world, that can break through any darkness we find ourselves.
1. Are you making excuses instead of obeying what God has called you?
2. How have I seen Jesus as the Good Shepherd in my life?
3. Commit to focusing on one I AM statement a day for a week and see how God opens your eyes to His presence in your life.