Do you remember Pete Townshend’s song, Who Are You? He’d scream out, “Who are you? Who, who, who who? I really want to know…” Other than giving your name, how do you respond to that question? We all struggle with it from time to time and our answer determines everything else about us.
David Eldridge said, “Identity always precedes activity.” Basically, what he’s saying is we make all of our decisions based on how we see ourselves. The man who sees himself as the provider for his family will make all of his decisions in life based on his ability to provide. He will use it as his sieve when making the decision to work overtime or not, to take time off for vacations or other activities. For a woman who sees herself as a mother, the empty nest can shake her to her very core. If her purpose in life, from her point of view, has been to be a mother, when the children are gone she doesn’t quite know what to do with herself.
In John 1:19-23, we read about the people questioning John the Baptist trying to determine who he was. John knew who he was and his purpose.
Jesus had a clear understanding of who He was also. His identity drove His action [John 5:20-23]. While He was a Savior, a Teacher, a Healer, and the list goes on and one, first and foremost He was the Son of God. All of His actions were a result of understanding such. He was able to offer healing to people, because He knew who He was and He never questions if His Father would give Him what He needed to do so [Matthew 4:23].
I ask you again, who are you? If primarily you are a son or daughter of the Creator of heaven and earth, then your actions will flow from that assurance. How you live your life, how you spend your money, how you spend your time, the decisions you make and the risks you’re willing to take will all be a result of knowing you are His and He has called you to work with Him for His purposes. Your identity in Christ has to be the primary source of your identity for this to happen. How far down the list of “Who am I” is son or daughter of Christ? Take some time today to truly evaluate your list of “Who am I”. You may need to make some adjustments to your list. Psalm 139:23 says, “Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.” As Him to search your heart today and help you get your identity list in proper order.
The enemy is scared to death you just might figure out who you are, so he does everything he can to keep you clinging to other forms of identity. When you have a proper understanding of who you are in Christ Jesus, nothing will stop you from charging into the world and boldly doing His work. So, who are you?