Who are you?
Before you jump at answering that question, let me guess some of the answers you might have.
A family reputation?
An academic qualification?
If someone were to ask, “Who are you anyway?” What would you say?
This was John’s dilemma when certain people came to ask about his identity as recorded in John 1: 22-23.
“Who are you, then?” they asked. “Are you Elijah?”
“No, I am not,” John answered.
“Are you the Prophet?” they asked.
“No,” he replied.
The people readily had options of who John could claim to be – A prophet in the order of the Old Testament Major Prophets or even the Messiah. John could not evade the question. So can we not. Your identity is the answer to a question!
“Then tell us who you are,” they said. “We have to take an answer back to those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?”
How about you- do you know who you are?
I have had the opportunity of asking several people this same question of identity and all they tell me is their name, course of study and some other descriptors. I am usually unsatisfied with the answers I get. Not because I expect them to tell me all about themselves in such a little time, but because I am convinced that these descriptors with which we introduce ourselves don’t just end on our lips. They define who we are. Many times, we define ourselves by what we have, who people say we are or what we are not or do not have. Scarcely do we define ourselves by who God, our Creator, intends us to be. We have been bombarded with several options of who we can claim to be and sadly, many of us have settled for people’s opinions about us. Christian author, Mike Breaux says, and I verily agree, that too many of us have had our identities robbed by these four things:
- Our relationships: where someone’s view of who we are or should be totally eclipses who God says we are.
- Our past: where our past failures, parental judgments while growing up continue to play in our minds.
- Our appearance: where we build our identities around what we look like. We are convinced we can look thinner, fitter, handsomer or prettier.
- Our successes: where we are so consumed with ambition that we let go of our God-given identity in search of money, fame and importance.
More than any other organised crime in the world, there are too many victims of identity theft!
Do you know who you are?
No one knows the product like the manufacturer. No one has the right to define who you are except your creator. In His love, God has provided the very remedy for this theft. He has offered us the truth so that by it we can be free to be who He made us to be. Purpose discovery is never complete without a genuine self-discovery! Buried in the pages of the Scriptures are powerful truths about who God has made you to be. Below are 7 things your Creator says about you.
1. God’s Masterpiece!
For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. Eph. 2:10
Your creator says you are his best product. You are God’s priceless “work of art”. Only you can be you! It doesn’t matter whether your life doesn’t look like God’s masterpiece yet. Great art takes time!
2. Limitless in Potential!
Whatever I have, wherever I am, I can make it through anything in the One who makes me who I am. Phil 4:13
Stop saying you can’t do something God is instructing you to do. He does not demand for what He has not empowered to be done. Don’t let people tell you what you can or cannot do, God says you can do all things by His strength. If you are commanded, you can never be stranded!
3. Deeply Significant!
You are the salt of the earth… You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Matt. 5:13-14
How significant is the salt to a soup? How important is light to a habitable apartment? God says you are that important to your generation. You are deeply and greatly significant!
4. Bold and free from fear!
For God did not give us a spirit of timidity (of cowardice, of craven and cringing and fawning fear), but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of calm and well-balanced mind and discipline and self-control. 2 Tim 1:7
In place of the spirit of fear, God says He has given you His Spirit to manifest in three ways: Power, Love and Sound mind! You have direct access to God’s throne. You can boldly make a request to withdraw from your Creator’s bank account!
5. Chosen and Royal!
But you are the ones chosen by God, chosen for the high calling of priestly work, chosen to be a holy people, God’s instruments to do his work and speak out for him, to tell others of the night-and-day difference he made for you. 2 Pet. 2:9
God says you are unique in your experiences so that you can have a unique message. You are not an accident, you are God’s choice!
6. Totally Secure!
We know that none of the God-begotten makes a practice of sin — fatal sin. The God-begotten are also the God-protected. The Evil One can’t lay a hand on them. 1 John, 5:18
You are God-protected. God says, he watches jealously over you!
7. A Citizen of Heaven!
But there’s far more to life for us. We’re citizens of high heaven! We’re waiting the arrival of the Saviour, the Master, Jesus Christ. Phil 3:20
You are an ambassador of Yahweh Kingdom. You don’t belong to this world. You are here on a mission and you operate by the dictates of the King of your Home-country!
These are just few of what your Creator says about you. Soak yourself in God’s word. Let your thoughts be transformed. Confess daily who your Creator says you are. If anybody laughs at you or belittles your identity tell them “Please Be Patient, God Is Not Finished With Me Yet!”