Circumstances and events in our lives shape the way we look at ourselves and how others look at us. We speak of these as defining moments, but do our circumstances really define who we are?
For the People of Israel, it would have been easy to be defined by their slavery in Egypt, but they are not. They are defined by God’s mighty act of salvation that freed them from slavery. That act of salvation is remembered in the annual commemoration of Passover.
For the Christian, we are not defined by our circumstances either; good or bad. Our defining moment happened at the cross. It is God’s great act of salvation in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus that is our defining moment. We are set free from our own types of slavery and given new life.
Bad things may happen, but they don’t define who we are. It is our relationship with the God who saves us that makes us who we are; Children of God.