Who Do You Think You Are?
I recall many different identities I tried to personify as I went about my teen years. I remember the Brittany Spears preppy school girl, knee high socks, plaid skirts, Mary Jane shoes era of my middle school days, followed promptly by my skateboarder girl period. I went retro, bell bottom, colored shades, bargain basement finds, “forget the mall” at one point afterwards. I even associated myself with the hip hop, rapper styles and personality. I never knew who I was and was always searching. If you’re anything like me, you may have experienced a similar sense of confusion. At some point though, we need to stop pretending and know who we are!
We need to know who we are and think like who we are. It matters who we think we are because we will live like we think we’re supposed to live. When I was 23 years old, I found Jesus. I knew nothing about Him, but as time went on, He helped me to learn both who He is and who I really am. I’m so glad I don’t have to wonder anymore. See, in those memories I recalled, I was just following whims of society, who the media told me I should be. This is why it’s so dangerous to get our direction on television or social media. The truth of who we are is only found in scripture.
2 Corinthians 3:18 (NKJV) says, “…we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.” When we look to scripture we see God’s purpose for mankind. He wants us to be transformed into the likeness and image of Jesus. He wants us to be transformed into who we were made to be by the washing of the water of the Word of God (Eph. 5:26).
We need to know that, as Christians, our citizenship is in Heaven (Philippians 3:20), that we are members of the household and family of God Himself (Eph. 2:19), and that we have been made to be a dwelling place of the Lord (Eph. 2:22). We need to know who we are!
I imagine that, had I not found Jesus, I would have had a perpetual identity crisis. The only way to know about the creation is through the Creator. This is why we live in a time and place where people are so confused about who they are and how they should live. Society has tainted the truth about right and wrong. Society has made serving the devil somehow alluring, through total deception. We need to get back to the truth of who we are and how we are meant to live. Look at Psalms 119:9 (NKJV), “How can a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed according to Your word.” Let’s let the Lord order our steps. Let’s let the Word of God be our mirror, and we will continually be transformed into the very image of Jesus Himself.