Who are you? Do you really know? It’s important to know who we are and Who’s we are. Who we see ourselves as being will drive every decision and action in our lives. So many times we don’t know who we are so we try on several different identities, negating the individual God created us to be. You’ve heard the phrase “Keeping up with the Joneses” haven’t you? Not only does that phrase imply buying things we don’t necessarily need or want, it also implies becoming something we’re not.
King David knew who he was, but more importantly he knew Who he belong to. In 1 Samuel 17 we read a very familiar passage about David and Goliath. David was a shepherd and Goliath was a warrior over nine feet tall. Goliath wasn’t just a warrior; he was a well-equipped, fully armed warrior [verses 4-7]. In an attempt to help David, King Saul gave David his full set of armor. King Saul meant to help David, but his assistance could have cost David his life [verse 38]. Fortunately, David assessed the situation correctly and declared, “I cannot go in these,” he said to Saul, “because I am not used to them.” So he took off the armor [verse 39]. David knew he wasn’t a warrior in the king’s army and he wasn’t going to pretend he was. He was a shepherd, so he went into battle just as he was… a shepherd. He gathered five smooth stones and took them with his slingshot and a stick. This was familiar to him. It was who he was [verse 40]. Not only did David know who he was, but he was crystal clear on Who he belong to and trusted in the power of his Father completely [1 Samuel 17:45-47]. The results are known to all. David was victorious! He wasn’t victorious because he was a shepherd. He was victorious because he was a shepherd fully surrendered to and dependent on God. The results relied little on David. All he brought to the table was a willingness to go and a yielded life [Isaiah 6:8].
So, I ask you again, who are you? Who do you belong to? Once you realize who God created you to be and that you’re His child, you’ll be unstoppable. Take a good look in the mirror. Who do you see?
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