Know Who You Are
Finding your identity in Christ.
“For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.” Colossians 3:3 (NKJV)
Fear is the fruit of insecurity, and insecurity is the offspring of a lack of sense of identity. Knowing WHO we are is intrinsic to healthy interactions with those around us, the good, the bad and the ugly.
Common to all is the need to be understood and one of the sharpest injuries we suffer is when we are misunderstood. We all face this—even Jesus Himself, the perfect communicator! In fact, this was Jesus’ life-long suffering: being misunderstood by the very people He came to save. His disciples left Him when He told them that they had to partake of His flesh and blood: "Most assuredly, I say to you, unless you eat the ﬂesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you… From that time many of His disciples went back and walked with Him no more." (John 6:53, 66 NKJV)
"We shouldn’t focus on trying to be understood, but rather how we react when we are misunderstood."
The religious leaders cruciﬁed Jesus for being a heretic and His own brother James never understood Jesus’ identity until AFTER the resurrection—and James lived in the same house with Jesus for close to 30 years! If Jesus didn’t get it right, do you really believe you will? If Jesus was constantly misunderstood all His life, do you think you will not share the same fate? Being misunderstood is part of life—we shouldn’t focus on trying to be understood, but rather how we react when we are misunderstood.
We are not in control of the world around us, but we can control how we react to it. If you embark on a mission to be always understood, you will ﬁnd yourself perpetually explaining yourself… which ends up being self-destructive and divisive.
If you read the gospel of John you will see how Jesus consistently revealed His true identity to the religious leaders — and they never got it — they never saw WHO He was. Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM.” (John. 8:58 NKJV)
"Who we are really meant to be is hidden in Christ."
True to form, Jesus never reacted badly to the misunderstanding because He knew WHO He was — do you? We must all come to the knowledge of who we are in God. Who we are really meant to be is hidden in Christ. "For we are His workmanship created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them." (Ephesians 2:10 NKJV)
John Calvin, a 16th century reformer, argued that there can be no true knowledge of self independently of a knowledge of God. He writes, "It is evident that man never attains to a true self-knowledge until he has previously contemplated the face of God, and come down after such contemplation to look into himself." Don't allow your past or your culture to determine your character. The best way to please God is to be the best you you can be!
St. Augustine (354-430 AD) said, "Jesus’ humanity is pleasing to God, not because Jesus overcame the temptations of the ﬂesh and thereby earned God’s favor, but because at heart Jesus was never other than the person God intended Him to be."
Are you aware of WHO you are in Him? This conﬁdent self-awareness springing from an intimate relationship with our Father Creator will extinguish every ﬁery dart and heal our souls.
Hurt people hurt people. Don’t be one of them. Get healed and learn to love.