Do You Know Who You Are?

"Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us..." - 1 John 3:1 Who are you? Do you ever stop and wonder about why you are here and what your life means? 

A young man, college age, nervously fiddles with the edge of the big Bible on his lap. He sits in our church counseling office and tries to explain that he’s confused. About life…about his future…about God.

“I just don’t know who I really am,” he finally admits.

A middle-aged man suddenly realizes that the course of his life hasn’t followed his dreams. He’s feeling his age. He‘s tired of his job. His kids are growing up and growing distant. He questions everything about his life from his marriage to his faith. He looks in the mirror and wonders who that person is and what his life is all about.

A busy woman, with a family, a job, and lists of commitments that keep her running and worn out often stops in her rare quiet moments and wonders,

“Is this who I am?  Is this what I am meant to be doing?”

The human race suffers from a huge identity crisis! 

Most of us don’t realize who were are, and who we are meant to be.

We are God’s creation, made in His image, according to His likeness. Thousands of years of sin, corruption, sorrow, and disease may have broken us down into something barely recognizable to anyone who had known Adam and Eve in their before-the-fall state. 
But we are still God’s creation! He sent His Son, Jesus, to restore us and to make us alive once again through His Spirit.

When we ask Jesus into our lives, He makes us “new creatures” and gives us a new identity. We may carry the outward marks of living in this world, but our souls and spirits are once again back in the garden with Him.

Who are we? 

We are “children of God” (John 1:12) and friends of God (John 15:14).  We are servants of the Almighty, and we are heirs to all that He has to give us (Romans 8:17).  The Bible says that through Him we are “renewed in the spirit” of our minds (Ephesians 4:23), that we will never thirst (John 4:14), never perish (John 3:16), and that we can know and experience the width, length, depth and height of the love of Christ (Ephesians 3:18-19).

Who are we? 

We are BELOVED. 
Throughout the Scriptures, God calls His people “beloved.” 
King Solomon, in the Song of Solomon, wrote of human love, but the Song is also an allegory of God’s love for us.

“I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine!” he proclaimed.

Remember who you are. God’s beloved.

[Photo: Greg Huges, Creative Commons]