Who am I: My Identity
One day Jesus asked His disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?” They replied that some called Him Elijah, others John the Baptist, others Jeremiah and even others one of the prophets. But He wanted to know who the disciples said He was and Peter gladly answered, “Christ, Son of the living God.”
Today I decided to ask myself a precise question. Who do people say I am? Who am I associated with?
Not that I really want to be famous but just what my identity is. Jesus was associated with the prophets and men of God. He was the son of God who was full in compassion, love, and even humility. And truly Peter was right. Christ was the redeemer of the world and He gave Himself for us.
If I want to be associated with Christ, then my identity must be in Him. I don’t need to gain the whole world and lose my own soul. This has been a prayer day in day out. Because the Lord’s word clearly depicts:
Matthew 19:28 …“I tell you the truth, at the renewal of all things, when the Son of Man sits on his glorious throne, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.” Jesus said.
God can change your identity. May be you’ve been associated with unpleasant things just as Paul was, before he got transformed from Saul. (He persecuted God’s people). May be you have been pressed down by the society because of your conviction that you are a ‘good-for-nothing’. Remember when the two criminals were crucified with Jesus? Yes, they were crucified to suffer on the cross but during their last moments of their lives, one went to paradise with Jesus. The other one did not. The one who spoke well of Jesus may have had bad reputation. But guess what? He didn’t perish. (Luke 23:43)
Your name can be changed too. Jesus changed His disciples’ identity too. Earlier on, some of them were fishermen and they later became ‘fishers of men’. I also pray that He’ll change my name as well. I long to have Christ’s identity.
John 1:42…Jesus looked at him and said, “You are Simon son of John. You will be called Cephas” (Which also meant Peter, another name for a rock).