I find it amazing that so many people are interested in who they are, where they come from and because they are curiosity driven, they happily send a spit ball off in the mail and lo and behold they are sent a list of relationships from distant lands and all at once they feel like they are somebody.
Do you ever feel like you're nobody? Perhaps you were adopted and wonder who your real parents are? Do you have a constant nagging that if you only knew, things would be better? Well, when the Supremes with Diana Ross belted out “Love Child” in 1968 they hit on one of the many reasons so many people don't really know who they are. Things happen. Relationships end. Abuse ends. People die. But for the surviving individuals, life must go on and what was, has to be put away.
In reality, it doesn't matter who your parents are or where you come from, it's what you do with yourself that matters. You may be poor or rich. You may be popular, daring, austere, simple, own a home, vacation in exotic places or thrive in seclusion. Knowing your origin may make you want to shout “My name is Kunta Kinte,” at the top of your lungs, but that only keeps you confined to this world. Your life in the flesh will come to an end no matter who you are.
Who are you really? While we may struggle to understand our earthy ties, God does not leave anything to our imagination as to who we are when we accept Jesus Christ as our personal Savior. If we were to get as excited by who we are in Him as we do with who we are in this life, we could live with the insecurity of not knowing anything more in the here and now. What most people are finding out is that they are a combination of many ethnic groups. That can either make people happy or send them into a tailspin.
Sometimes a Bible verse surprises me by making a bold statement. Such was the case not long ago when I read John 1:12-13 about who I am.
“Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God—children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God,” NIV.
Everything changes when we come to Christ. All at once sin is forgiven. Redeemed. We're called. Delivered. We are healed and raised up with Christ. We are greatly loved by God. We are strengthened with all might. When we are submitted to God even the devil has to leave. The spirit of fear leaves and we are given a sound mind. All of this plus much more happens why, because Christ lives in us (Galatians 2:20). This is who God made us to be.
The world has always been about the business of retraining our minds to focus on the here and now and keep us away from discovering who we are as the children of God. How powerful are John's words that we aren't born of natural descent, someone deciding we will be or from the husbands natural desire to have his way with his wife.
Isn't it time we stop defining ourselves by external standards like how we look, where we come from, our relationships, how much money we have, or by even our own negative self image and get to know who we really are? Reading the truth of the Bible will help everyone discover who they are spiritually, no need to go find yourself anywhere. There are no hidden surprises.
In the hands of God you become as Isaiah 62:3 says, you become a crown of beauty, a royal diadem, precious in his eyes because you are his child. When we turn to Christ and center our minds on him, we hear him call us by name because the truth is, he is the only one who knows who we are and understands us completely. His love for us does not depend on where we come from either genetically or globally.
His love is so strong that even before we came to Jesus, he loved us. If you need assurance of how much he loves you, if you ask, he will tell you.
When is the last time you got all warm and fuzzy listening to how much you are loved? It will happen when you allow God to describe YOU, his child as you read it for yourself.