Who Are You?

How would you answer this question, “Who are you?” Most people would say their name and tell where they live, where they grew up, who their parents are, where they went to college, and what they do for a living. Then they might go on to talk about what their interests are, who is their favorite sports team, singer, television show, and movie. None of these answers really answer the question. They tell about you, but they don’t tell who you are.
 
Careers change. Relocations happen. Memories fade. People pass away. Interests change. If your identity is found in these relationships, then your life is ripe for disappointment. You will wake up every day constantly having to find yourself over and over again. You will never have rest. 
 
Looking to the Lord to figure out who we are is much more helpful than looking within ourselves. To really understand a painting, you must interview the artist. To correctly interpret a poem, you must have access to the author. To operate a new appliance, you need to read a manual written by the manufacturer.  In the Bible, you find a guide to who you are, a letter from the author of creation, and a revelation of the Artist of artists.
 
Unless you believe the gospel and trust Christ as Savior and Lord, you will never know who you really are. Only in Him can we truly understand the person that God created us to be. He tells you who He formed you to be if you will only listen and you cannot listen unless you have the indwelling Holy Spirit and thus possess the ears to hear.
 
Also, you will never understand your true identity unless you make time to be quiet. When God called Jeremiah, He told Jeremiah, “Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you… I consecrated you and appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” Then, Jeremiah did what we often do; he started telling God who he was as if he knew better than God. “Ah Lord God,” he exclaimed, “I am only a youth…” To paraphrase God’s response, He replied, “Jeremiah, don’t sit there and try to tell me who you are. Only I get to say who you are.” (c.f. Jeremiah 1:4-10)
 
Friend, you can be confident in this—you are somebody.  Even before you were a thought in the mind of your parents, you were a thought in the mind of God. He knows you. He has directed the course of human history to form each and every person, including you, into who they are. He has a purpose for you on this earth. Colossians 1:16 tells that you, along with all the creatures in heaven and on earth, were created “for Him.”
 
Consider this, no one else on earth has the same life experiences as you. God has formed you into a unique person of His own design. You are special, consecrated, and appointed to His own good purpose for your life. If you have trusted in Jesus as Savior and Lord, then you are “His workmanship created in Christ Jesus for good works that God prepared beforehand” (Ephesians 2:10). You belong to a “royal priesthood” (1 Peter 2:9). 
 
So, Christian, who are you? God says “you are light” (Ephesians 5:8). You are a “witness” (Acts 1:8). You are “called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28). You are “foreknown… predestined to be conformed into the image of His Son… justified” (Romans 8:29-30). In Him, you are “the righteousness of God” (2 Corinthians 5:21).
 
You are the person He is forming you to be. Who you are today is not who you will be tomorrow. And who you are the day after is not who you will be tomorrow. The task of the Christian life is to embrace this self-identity that, while not fully known by you, is known intimately by God. The person that God is forming out of the broken pieces of you is the real you– the best possible version of yourself.
 
That person that God is forming you to be is the person in whom He delights. Decide today to be that person, nothing more and nothing less. Nothing more, because there is nothing greater than you can be, and nothing less because to be anything less is to live a lie.