“When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” “Well,” they replied, “some say John the Baptist, some say Elijah, and others say Jeremiah or one of the other prophets.” Then he asked them, “But who do you say I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” – Matthew 16:13-16.
If someone asked you, “Who are you,” how would you answer? You would probably give the person your name. But what if the person said, “I did not ask for your name. I asked who are you?” You would probably provide some type of identification, like your driver’s license. But the person is not satisfied and said, “I did not ask you for identification, I asked who are you.” You are now annoyed; and without thinking you blurt out, what do you want? An address? My educational background? My occupation? And the person listens intently and says, “I want to know who you are.”
It’s the question that occupies everyone’s mind at one time or another. We often ask that question when there is a change in our lives, especially when that change is negative. Dealing with negative circumstances can make us question God’s plan and purpose for our life.
It is in these times of disappointment, failure or loss that we need to remember who we are and whose we are. As a child of God, our identity is in Jesus Christ. We can’t let our circumstances define us. We are His people. Psalm 100:3 says, “Acknowledge that the LORD is God! He made us, and we are his. We are his people, the sheep of his pasture.” We belong to Him because we were made by Him and for Him (Colossians 1:16). Made in His image (Genesis 1:26-27). Made for His glory (Isaiah 43:7). And when we know who we are, we can endure even the toughest of times. Psalm 16:8, tells us, “I know the Lord is always with me. I will not be shaken, for he is right beside me.”
When life throws us for a loop, it’s easy to doubt ourselves, God’s plan, even God Himself. But when we’re hurt, disappointed or frustrated by our thwarted plans, we need to take a second and remember who we are and how valuable we are to God.
The Scripture says, “God paid a high price for you, so don’t be enslaved by the world” (1 Corinthians 7:23) Who owns you? What was paid for you? Christ owns you and paid for you with His life. God exchanged his own Son for you. The cross proves your value. Jesus gave His life for you. And Jesus didn’t die for junk.
When you know whose you are, it changes everything.
- How would you answer the question “who are you”?
- How can your life this week answer the question of whose you are?