I awoke with this thought: “It’s one thing knowing Who you belong to, it’s another knowing who you are.” Now we could go in a lot of directions with such a thought. If you are married it applies to you. You belong to your husband, to your wife. But who are you? If you are human it applies to you for you belong to your family , your parents, your lineage. But who are you? If you are in a school or university it applies to you too, you belong to UCLA or Harvard–but who are you? If you belong to a Corporation or business and wear their uniform—or perhaps the military–you belong to them…But who are you? If you are a Christian it applies also–for you belong to God and to the Church–but WHO ARE YOU?
As a young man I cultivated the surfer image. I belonged to Surfing but had no clue at all who I was. All my spare time was taken up with thinking about the next surfing trip–or about the last surf I had. I wore the clothing that surfers wear, I spoke the way surfers speak, I belonged to a surfing culture but that culture could not tell me who I was.
We can all choose which group we belong to. In the music scene there are a multiplicity of different flavours, different cultures. I cannot even begin to name them all. Someone who belongs to a music culture will submerge themselves into it and live and breath it but in the end they too have no idea who they are as a person.
Take away all the clothing, labels, music, and other stuff from the group and let them be alone and still with no input at all from their group and see if they know who they are.
Some decide that that they are a good person and so they hang around with like minded good people. Others decide to be a bad person and will seek out other bad people. But it’s just another shallow group which cannot give you your true identity.
Some go inwards to try to find their real self – to find out who they are. Zen, yoga, meditation, drugs and all sorts of other techniques are used to getaway from the rational mind and attempt to go into the spirit to connect with their divinity. Who are they? Who are you?
Jesus asked His disciples one day–Who do men say that I am? Peter said, You are the Christ the Son of the living God.
Jesus’ reply points to the only One who can tell us who we are.
Mat 16:17 Jesus answered and said to him, Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven.
Even in the Church–it is easy to confuse what you do with who you are. Thus you may think– “I am an evangelist. I am a pastor. I am a prophet. I am a deacon. I am a greeter…I am a member of the body, I am an apostle.”
Peter hit the nail on the head by the revelation of the Spirit of God.
“You are the Christ the Son of the living God”
Jesus was to many–The Healer…The Prophet..The Shepherd..etc etc….But Father calls Him “My beloved Son”(Matt 3:17;Matt 17:5)
And if you are without the Son of God then you basically have no true identity at all. You will search and search for it but not find it for their is no Life in anything or anyone else which can give you identity and life.
If you have the Son of God living in your heart then He is your identity.
You are the son or daughter of the living God because Jesus is your only Life.
I asked the LORD after waking with this thought at the top of this page who I am..and He replied “My beloved son.”
John wrote that as many as received Jesus God gave the right to become children of God. (John 1:12,13) But those who have not received Jesus have not yet been given that right or authority.
Joh 1:12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name:
Joh 1:13 who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
I am speaking to Christians mainly here.
You may have received Jesus at an altar call or at some particular point in the past but have you received Jesus since then?
The Greek word Lambano is translated as received in this verse. Thayer’s Dictionary says of this word that it has the meaning “to take upon one’s self”.
So I ask again….Have you taken Jesus upon your self? Reminds us of marriage vows doesn’t it?
Do you right now (put your name in here)take Jesus upon your self?
Will you right now receive , that is, take Jesus to be your only Life?
Will you right now, take Jesus Christ as your true identity and nature?
Will you right now call yourself what Father calls you–His beloved child.
You see to receive Jesus through some prayer long ago and then to go on trying to find your identity through a group or calling in life will leave you lost….even though you are born again.
We are to take Jesus as our identity—every moment of every day. It begins with faith and continues with His faith working in you.
Paul said it in a different way.
“Put on the Lord Jesus Christ”.
The only Life has become your Life when once you receive Jesus Christ. But we must dare to put Him on…to receive Him–to take Jesus upon ourself.
I am God’s beloved Child. I am as Jesus is. I am where Jesus is. I am in the Father’s heart and He is in mine. I cannot be moved.
I am one with the One Whom I belong to. I am married to Him Bone of His bone and flesh of His flesh. I choose to daily put on the Lord Jesus as the only Life I am.