Who are you? Now there is a question that must be answered.
Many will say what they do – their occupation or family position – I am an accountant, or an author, or a doctor. I am the second born child, step-child or adopted child.
Some will say what they have been told – I am worthless, pretty, ugly, fat, skinny, freckled, smart, or good for nothing. Perhaps you were always unfavorably compared to your sibling, “Why can’t you be more like your brother or sister?” Maybe you have been told you were an accident, a mistake, unloved, unwanted, a bother and inconvenience.
Maybe you would say it is based on what other’s opinions (real or implied) are of you – again, usually tied to behavior – angry, insensitive, harsh, uncaring, unfeeling, too sensitive, too loving, gullible, cynic, negative, positive, optimist, pessimist, successful, failure, brave or cowardly, strong or weak, fearful or full of faith, worry wart or seemingly unaware of fear or danger. How about a failure?
What have you been told – good or bad? What have you been called over and over? Who are you?
To properly answer this question we must visit Pilate’s famous question directed to Jesus – “What is truth?” Each of us have some outside of ourselves standard of truth. We all learn to have a value system from where our values arise – both personal and societal.
We either adopt our parents, friends, our social circle, peers, the worlds, or something beyond. Many look for answers in the spiritual realm. Most of us would believe that there is only one standard of truth – the Word of God.
Our search to determine who we are should begin and end in the Word of God. Others, even important to us others, may share things about us, but what God says should carry the most weight.
My associate pastor Dennis and I have discussed at length about how hard it is for those we talk to, our family members, church folks, even each other, to make a critical distinction – there is a vast difference between saying we don’t like or approve of a particular behavior vs. saying we don’t like or approve of you.
You did something bad, which does not mean you are bad. You said something wrong, that does not mean you are wrong. You made a mistake, which does not mean you are a mistake. You failed, or messed up, that does not mean you are a failure or a mess. It is hard to receive correction, but being corrected does not mean you are a failure, loser, or unloved or unwanted, you just did something wrong.
This is not some power of positive thinking view, but an attempt to make my thoughts align with the Scripture. Who am I, who are you? If you are in Christ, born again, saved, then you are at least the following according to God’s Word:
- 2 Corinthians 5:17 – Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. (We are something totally different than we were when we did not believe Jesus died for our sins and is our Lord. Everything is new after we do.)
- 2 Corinthians 5:20-21 – Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making His appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake He made Him to be sin Who knew no sin, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God. (We are both an ambassador for Christ and now the righteousness of God in Him.)
- 1 John 2:12 – I am writing to you, little children, because your sins are forgiven for His name’s sake. (We are forgiven in Christ.)
- John 8:36 – So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. (We are free in Christ, no longer slaves to sin. We are now free to obey our Lord.)
- 1 John 3:2 – Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared, but we know that when He appears we shall be like Him, because we shall see Him as He is. (God is my Daddy, and I am His child! Whose child are you? Who is your daddy?)
- Galatians 4:7 – So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God. (I am family and therefore entitled to an amazing inheritance as an heir.)
- Ephesians 2:10 – For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. (I am a work in progress under the watchful eye of the ultimate Master Who does not make junk or mistakes!)
- 1 Peter 2:9 – But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for His own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light. (I am part of something new, royal, holy and dearly loved! I am a light dweller.)
- Philippians 3:20 – But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, (I am simply passing through this country because I belong somewhere else.)
The Bible certainly says more about who we are in Christ, but not less! Because of these truths about my identity, I can withstand the criticisms of others. Because these are true, I know who I am and whatever someone else may to or about me, these verses remain true. Because I know these realities, I will live a life that has meaning and purpose. I am a dearly loved child of the King!
So, what or who are you going to believe about who you are – humans, the devil, your own mind, or God’s Word? Who is going to determine your viewpoint and your worth? Who should? What is your basis of truth? What should we believe regarding who we are? I believe the above, how about you?