When St. Andrew’s high school pastor, Cody Jensen, visited Newport Harbor and Corona del Mar High School, he had one question to ask: Who Am I?
Cody shared that, when he was in high school, there were a multiple sources competing to define who he was. His friends, family, grades, social status, athletic ability, and more, all loudly proclaimed who he was, and who he was not. Yet, as Cody explained to the students, the ultimate answer to the question, “Who am I” cannot be found in these sources. Instead, our true identity is rooted in Jesus Christ.
Cody declared, “Whatever has been said of you that was discouraging or meant to tear you down, that is a lie. The truth is that you are a beloved son or daughter of God.”
He closed by praying Ephesians 3:14-21 over the students:
“For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.”