01 Jun WHO AM I?
There are some basic questions every human being would have to ask at some point in a lifetime: Who am I? Where am I? What am I doing here?
The first question is perhaps the most important. A sense of personal identity is the single most important factor required to develop an action plan for one’s purpose on Earth.
As christians, we often feel pressures on all sides. Academic pursuits, family life, our jobs, and the larger society all take their toll.
There are times we may get overwhelmed in all the bustle that surrounds us. We may get fed up with all the exigences on our time, our space, and our emotions. We may then wonder, “Who am I? Of what importance am I in the scheme of things?”
There may be scientific approaches to defining the human entity, but we would not dwell on psychoanalytical conjectures here. This is because the answer to our question is so simple that it defies logic: We are who God says we are!
God sees us as His Children (The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God).
Who is the Spirit? God.
What does he do? He bears witness, He tells us.
What does he tell us? That we are his children.
When he has spoken, who else do we need to hear? Our appropriate response then, is to walk in the comforting knowledge of our father’s love.
God handpicked us from among others.
(1Pe 2:9) But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light.
He chose us. He calls us a chosen generation, specially selected to fulfil timely purposes upon the earth.
When God looks at you, he sees a king/queen that is at the same time a priest, holy, and able to guide others to the truth. Kings/queens do not rule in their sitting rooms. They are popular, known to all the people, and able to make positive decisions that affect so many lives. A king/queen chosen by God is a fountain of positive change, washing over the peoples of the earth.
We are a peculiar people.
We are different from the pack. That difference may be sometimes inconvenient. Sometimes, it may cost us friends and material benefits. Purposeful difference will not make us ashamed in the end.
It all sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it? Ridiculous even. Now, you remember your family background like Saul did in 1 Samuel 9:21. You recall where you have been, and all the evil and abominable things you have done. You look around you and the things happening in your life at the moment and then you consider all the people who know you with your weakness. They know where you’ve fallen. You grin, look away from this page and say ‘bro, this is all neat, but my life is way more complex than this’.
Well, it remains so because you believe so. If you would dare to open your mind for just a minute, and accept the gift of love and justification, perhaps you would appreciate the simplicity of it all.
Now you can get your questions answered by confessing that you need answers, that you need a new kind life. A life where you understand who you are, and your destination. Studying the Bible will help to reveal more of God’s mind to you, the same way you know more about a great man by reading his autobiography.
Sin becomes easier to defeat. Your temptations may never go away, but a new kind of inner strength will keep you strong and resolute.
Your companions change, once you realize that ‘company affects mindset, and Association begets Assimiliation’.
You begin to live in a world of possibilities. You know in your heart that you love God and that he loves you back. You live out that love, and the world becomes a better place with you in it.
You are full of thanks and praise to God who makes it all possible.
If ever that question flashes across your mind, you have a ready answer: ‘I am God’s Child!’