At the beginning of the movie Iron Man, the film that kicked this whole Marvel phenomenon off ten years ago, Robert Downey Jr., who plays the character Tony Stark, says, "I am Iron Man."

Watching this character develop over ten years has been impressive, and I have to say that RDJ did a great job.

But if you were to finish the sentence, "I am . . . "How would you finish it?

I am depressed!
I am rich.
I am confused.
I am hopeful.
I am focused!
I am (insert your name here).  But what would that represent?

Moses, at the burning bush, asks God what his name is.  Exodus 3:14 God said to Moses, "I am who I am." And he said, "Say this to the people of Israel: 'I am sent me to you.'"

There is a lot of theology behind that statement, more than I can write here.  But in essence, God is saying, "I AM WHO I AM."

God is God
God is the Creator of the heavens, the universe and of humanity.
God is eternal.  He always has been, and He will always be.
God is unique.  There is no reality behind God.  Each of us is made up of the DNA of our parents, grandparents and so on.  Not with God.
God never changes.  There is nothing that exists that can force God to change.  Time, matter - nothing.

You and I can declare what we are or even what we want to be.  But in the end, those declarations are limited.  God send His Son, Jesus, to draw closer to us.  The, "I Am" realized that we couldn't get any closer to Him.  Even if we had the power of Thor or the brains of Tony Stark, we couldn't do it.  God did what no human, or mythical superhuman, could do.  Save us.

I am Russ Jones, and I am a follower of Jesus Christ.

PRAY:  Dear Jesus,  I am (insert your name here), and I am a follower of You.  AMEN