“ See how very much our Father loves us, for he calls us his children, and that is what we are! But the people who belong to this world don’t recognize that we are God’s children because they don’t know him. Dear friends, we are already God’s children, but he has not yet shown us what we will be like when Christ appears. But we do know that we will be like him, for we will see him as he really is.”  1 John 3:1-2. 

Who are you really? Seems a simple question, but is it? There is a lot of focus these days on who I want to be, what I want to do, how to be successful, how to make money, etc. Today, it is chic to be real, find your “authentic” self.

That has never made sense to me because you are already yourself. Sometimes it just takes a little digging to discover who you are. But as Oscar Wilde said,“ Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken”. As a Christian, there are two ways to look at life: what you do determines who you are, or who you are determines what you do.” God is all about the second option: who you are determines what you do. Or in other words, what you believe determines how you act.   

The question, “who am I?” is a question that everyone asks themselves at some point in their life. It is a question that needs an answer because who you are determines how you live your life. The only one who knows you well enough to teach you who you really are are not your parents, not your friends, but your Creator. The one who made you is the only one that knows you well enough to teach you who you really are.

Unfortunately, God does not have office hours and a couch for you to lie on when the two of you are addressing who God made you to be, and teach you about your identity. You don’t need an analyst couch. All you need to know about life and godly living is found in the Bible. The only way to know who you truly are is to go to God and have Him teach you through His word. “Every word of God proves true…” (Proverbs 30:5)

Discussion questions:

  1. Someone asks you the question, “who are you?” How would you answer?
  2. What struck you most about this devotional?
  3. What would you change in your life if you knew who you are?