WHO AM I?
| To discover who you are, you should be able to know who you are not. From the Scripture below, the Priests and the Levites asked John if he was the Messiah, Elijah or the Prophet. In response to their questions John unambiguously denied he was any of them.
Now this was John’s testimony when the Jewish leaders in Jerusalem sent priests and Levites to ask him who he was. He did not fail to confess, but confessed freely, “I am not the Messiah.” They asked him, “Then who are you? Are you Elijah?” He said, “I am not.” “Are you the prophet?” He answered, “No.” Finally they said, “Who are you? Give us an answer to take back to those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?” John replied in the words of Isaiah the prophet, “I am the voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Make straight the way for the Lord.’ ”
John 1: 19-23
Despite the divine circumstances that surrounded John’s life and ministry which might even suggest he could be the long awaited Messiah, Elijah or the prophet as perceived by the Priests and the Levites, he did not lay claim to either of them. He knew he was none of them because he knew who he was. He was the voice of one crying in the wilderness. John was unique, spectacular and outstanding in life and ministry; he did not assume the individuality of the perceived personalities alluded to him by the Priests and Levites.
Assuming the individuality of another person makes you inferior, frustrates your purpose, strangles your originality and denies the world your essence. You were cut out and wired for a specific assignment. You are endowed with special innate abilities packaged in your individuality with an intention of helping you fulfill your purpose. You are original, do not die a fake. Discover your individuality and accept your responsibility.
When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?” They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”
Matthew 16: 13, 14
Do what people say about you conform to your purpose? Is your life run by what people say you are? Are you living by the divine design or by the perception of people? If you do not know who you are, you will become what people think you are. You will struggle all your life to live to their estimation, their choices become your guide, and their opinions form your decisions.
The word of the Lord came to me, saying, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.
Jeremiah 1:4, 5
God knew you before you were formed in your mother’s womb. The day you were conceived was not the day you were created. Creation is different from conception. Conception is different from birth. The day you were born was not the day you were conceived and the day you were conceived was not the day you were created. You were created in heaven but were conceived on earth. Your purpose predates your birth; your earthly assignment was ordained before your birth. To become a pastor when you were created to be an engineer is a tragedy. Aptitude or potential may fail to be a sure indicator of your purpose. Find out your purpose from you maker.
And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.
And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.
Matthew 16:16, 17
A purpose discovered is a vision established. Divine purpose can only be accessed through divine revelation. Jesus said to Peter, “Flesh and Blood did not reveal this to you, but my Father which is in heaven”. This journey of purpose discovery starts with a personal knowledge of Christ. Do you know that Jesus is the Christ? Do you have an intimate relationship with Him?
And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter……
The process of individuality discovery starts with the revelation of Christ.
Principle: You were made to live by divine design.
Ruminate: The process of individuality discovery starts with the revelation of Christ.