Welcome back to our Spring Online Bible study! We just finished reading WEEK ONE in the book “Anonymous: Discovering the Somebody You Are to God,” by Cindi Wood. This week we discovered we’re never anonymous in God’s view, the One who created us. We are significant and we are loved. In the weeks ahead we’ll meet four women from the Bible who met Jesus and were defined by Him alone.
Perhaps you’re like me and there are times you wanted to be anonymous? I remember the time I was meeting my best friend Linda for lunch, and I saw a woman wearing the same “uniform” my friend wears: black sweats and solid black shirt, with blonde hair pulled back. I saw her walking in the parking lot and shouted with joy “Hey, great to see you today!” The woman looked at me and said “Do I know you?” I realized my mistaken identity (and the fact I needed a vision check) and chatted with the woman as we walked into the store. “Perhaps we meet at our kids school?” I asked, without looking her in the eye. She scanned my face for recognition and found none. As I slipped into the chair with my cup of Starbucks Green Tea, I confessed to Linda my embarrassing moment. It was a time I wanted to be anonymous!
While we are not known by a stranger on the street, or the women sitting beside us in church, we are in fact known by God. There’s no point in cleaning up before approaching Him- because He knows our story beginning to end. Hiding emotions from Him is useless; He knows our hearts. Running from Him is emotionally exhausting, and might even involve risky behavior as we prove to ourselves “we’re not worthy of His love.” Does this sound familiar?
Jesus meets us in our anonymous places, and restructures our IDENTITY.
You are not the woman shamed, judged, ordinary or hurting. Though over and over you’ll hear the enemy of your soul pound your heart with lies… he deceives you so you’ll stay distant from God. Perhaps it’s easier to wear the title “not worthy” than the Truth? Perhaps you’re more comfortable living in addiction, bitterness, hopelessness, anger, resentment, shame or hurt. Stop and think for a moment… is your IDENTITY self-focused or God-focused? Who are you a reflection of?
Wear an IDENTITY of Truth. You are His treasure and you are loved.
ASSIGNMENT FOR THIS WEEK
- Join a small group this week
- Read WEEK TWO in your book. You’ll read one lesson per day, each lesson is about 20 minutes.
- Optional due to cost: AFTER you finish the reading assignment, watch video session two available from Amazon or the publisher website.
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS FOR THE WEEK
You will have the opportunity to share your answers to these questions during your small group time. You may also post them here. Consider also recording your answers in your spiritual journal.
- Cindi Woods says “God does not define you by your current or past struggle. He defines you by who you are in Him.” What is ONE WORD that God would use to define you? (Day 2)
- Cindi Woods says: “Judged” faced approval, “Hurting” faced healing, “Ordinary” faced remarkable, and “Shame” faced forgiveness. Which of these four (approval, healing, remarkable, forgiveness) are you facing in your current season of life? (Day 3)
- According to the Greek translation of Jesus’ words “I chose you” (John 15:16), we are picked out BY Him and FOR Him. What is your reaction to this news? (Day 4)
- What are some steps you’re willing to take to grow your relationship with Jesus Christ? (Day 4)
- Have you ever memorized Scripture verses? What practice helps you remember them?