“Who am I?” A question I’ve often asked myself throughout my life. A question that provoked a year long journey into the heart of who I am and who He is…
When I sit and have serious conversations with people, I find this question and others like it, to be trending. There are two primary issues that are causing an identity crisis in our hearts today;
#1 – We don’t understand who we are
#2 – We don’t understand Whose we are, therefore we are not led by the Spirit of God in ALL things.
Who are you?
If you were to reflect on this question, who would you say you are? Mother/Father?, Husband/Wife?, Friend?, Leader?, Writer?, Teacher?, Singer?, Fitness expert?, Chef?, Business owner? How about small group leader, Pastor, Baptist, Catholic, Charismatic, Church administrator? If you spend a substantial amount of time perfecting or strengthening these areas more than you do your spirit, chances are, you find your identity in them. These labels are roles that we play in this life, they are not WHO we are! You are blessed to be a steward over these offices in this life, therefore we should always show excellence in all things, however they do not define your identity.
The primary issue with seeking identity in what we do here on earth is that is usually ends in disappointment, emptiness, discontentment, loneliness, frustration, and control issues. The offices we hold, things we possess, and gifts that we manifest were GIVEN to us, they are not ours. You were not meant to be tethered to the weight of this world by hiding your identity in the roles you play; you cannot save your children, you cannot control your sphere of influence, you cannot ride the wave of the ups and downs that the world gives and maintain the peace of God.
Thank God that when Jesus came, he took care of this crisis for us by giving us an identity in Him! 1 Peter 2:25 (MSG) “You were lost sheep with no idea who you were or where you were going. NOW you are named and kept for good by the Shepherd of your soul.” Hallelujah we don’t have to search for our identity or wonder who we are or where we are going because we are NAMED and kept for good by the Good Shepherd who gives purpose to everything under the sun!
So Who are You?
You are a spirit, you have a soul (mind, will, emotions) to give your spirit expression, and you temporarily live in a body. (Thank you to Pastor Cesar Nieto for breaking this down in such a great way)
Genesis 1:27 tells us that God made us in HIS image. The word image has several dimensions of meaning, a couple of them being: A representation of, a copy, a reflection or resemblance. So lets say this verse, taking out the word image and replacing it with the definition. “and God said, let Us make man as [Our representation or reflection]….” God is not flesh, He is Spirit and he made us to be a representation of Him on the earth.
Philippians 3:20 – “But our citizenship is in Heaven, and we eagerly await a Savior from there, The Lord Jesus Christ.” You are here on assignment, this place is not your home, your citizenship is in Heaven. Pull your anchor out of the world and it’s dealings because this ship is sinking, and if you hang on tightly to it, you will go down with the ship, you must remember that the natural parts of you here on earth serve purpose for the spirit, not the other way around.
Another part of our identity is explained in these next two verses and deals with our authority in the earth, and that’s a topic I’ll cover on another article but for the sake of understanding the identity portion of it, lets take a look…
Ephesians 1:20-22 – “which He brought about in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. And He put all things in subjection under His feet, and gave Him as head over all things to the church.”
Ephesians 2:5-6 “even great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace)and raised us up with Him and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus.”
In chapter 1 it describes who Jesus is, and then in chapter 2, it defines who we are in Him. So, in other words, you are royalty! You are anointed ones! You are holy! You are powerful heirs to the throne! You are His priests and as such; Satan is under your feet, failure is under your feet, poverty and lack are under your feet! It’s time to stop operating under the fake I.D. and start knowing who you are so you can effectively complete your calling here!!!
In addition to this description in Ephesians, the bible is full of declarations of who we are in Christ, and I encourage you to get them, write them down, post them to your wall, and speak over yourself and your family every day as a reminder of who you really are. Here are a few to get you started…
Whose are you?/Therefore who or what is leading you?
Everybody is a is led by something; something motivates and moves us to say what we say, do what we do, buy what we buy, live where we live, have the relationships that we have, attend the church where we do. Some of the common things that lead us are: Emotional hooks (needing acceptance and approval), other people’s needs/emergencies, fear of rejection, religiosity, legalism, doubt, insecurity, fame, importance, money, status, fun and excitement, trendiness… no matter what it is, we are all led by something or someone.
Romans 8:14 “for all who are being led by the Spirit of God, THESE are the sons of God.”
Romans 8:6 – “for the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and is peace.”
The second fundamental reason that we have an identity crisis in our culture and are not fulfilling our call in this life is that we are not being led by the Spirit of God in all things. We allow life’s problems, excitements, the needs of others, and our feelings/perspectives to lead us into situations that we are not prepared to deal with, thus leaving us confused, complacent, frustrated and exposed. Take a look at Romans 8:6 again… “For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace.” If you are being led by fleshy, worldly or even prideful and selfish things you are giving your spirit a slow death, it may even feel good for a time but the trouble of it will always follow, the regret, the pain, the confusion, the questions, the darkness, and tragically the eventual falling away of your soul.
Here are a few thought-provoking questions for you to inwardly and honestly answer to reflect on your identity and what you are being led by in your life…
I was praying for the body of Christ a few months ago, and I was pleading “God, what is going on, you are speaking something so profound to the body, and they aren’t hearing You! Your prophets speak up and it falls on hardened hearts and deaf ears, help me with this God!!” He spoke to my heart and said: “There is incoherency.” The word incoherent can mean disjointed, lacking unity or harmony. The primary issue that the identity crisis is causing, is incoherency among the people. We are so embedded in our doctrines, our denominations, our Pastors, and the world and all that goes along with that, that we can no longer hear from God.
The Lord then took me to Matthew 13:13-17 when the disciples asked Jesus why He taught in parables to the people and wondered why He didn’t just speak in plain language, this was His response, “Therefore, I speak to them in parables; because while seeing, they do not see, and while hearing, they do not hear nor do they understand. In their case, the prophecy of Isaiah is being fulfilled, which says: ‘You will keep on hearing, but will not understand. You will keep on seeing, but will not perceive. For the heart of this people has become dull, with their ears, they scarcely hear, and they have closed their eyes, otherwise, they would see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and return, and I would heal them.‘” Oh, Jesus help us!
Why does God speak, but we reject it because our denomination says “that’s not how we operate in this church”, why do we care more about the worship song selection for that Sunday than we do about worshiping God?! Why do we look to the success of the world to bring relevance to the church and bring new people in by entertainment, while those that once loved The Lord are falling away by the droves?! Let us WAKE UP and separate ourselves from those things that keep us from following God, not just in the things that make sense to us, and make us feel comfortable, but even the new things and uncomfortable things that He’s calling us to! Let go!
So how do we make the transition?
Now that we’ve uncovered some issue, where do we go from here? As a fallible human being, I would never claim to know anything about your personal journey, let alone everything about how to achieve perfection in the spirit. I will, however, give you some light on your path…
There is a profound difference between living YOUR life (your plans, your comforts, your ideas) and loving Jesus in the process, and literally having no life without Him. Think about that. You were meant for so much more but you have to grasp the reality of your spiritual identity!!! You ARE a spirit, you HAVE a soul, and you live IN a body. The time is now to know who you are, to rise up and to take on the mission that God is calling you to!!!
Blessings on your journey!