The crisis of identity theft has led to the existence of companies that promise some level of identity theft protection. There are others promising that you can discover “who” you are through historical records and DNA testing. More than ever people are wanting to know who they are and where they came from. On social media platforms you can portray an identity of your choosing. It has become acceptable in society to choose a different gender then you born with. Not only do we have an identity theft problem we have a serious identity confusion problem. This is a prophetic message we should not ignore.
Jesus was challenged concerning His identity more than any other area of His life. Satan tempted Him in the wilderness with His identity when he said, “if” you are the Son of God then command these stones to become bread. Again, he taunted, “if” you are the Son of God throw yourself down from the pinnacle of the temple. Jesus was challenged and mocked throughout His life by His family, people of His hometown, the religious sect and eventually He was killed because of His identity. Pontius Pilate placed a placard above His head on the cross reading; “The King of the Jews”, declaring the reason for His death sentence. We must know that we also will be challenged concerning our identity.
Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life! All truth begins and ends with Him. If we decide for ourselves what is truth we will be lost and confused. After closing down my business in the mid 1990’s, the Lord asked me a question,”Now who are you?” I admitted that I did not know who I was. I didn’t realize that I found my identity in my career and now it was gone. I felt lost and confused. This propelled me on a journey to discover the answer to that question.
Do you know who and what you really are? You are not what you do for a living or ministry. You are not the sum total of your possessions. Your true worth is not determined by your bank account. You are not even what you have done or what has been done to you in the past. In Matthew 16 Jesus asked His disciples, “Who do the people say that I am?” Then He directed the question to them. Peter answered, “You are the Messiah Son of the living God.” When that correct answer was given, then and only then, did Jesus go on to say what He would build…and it wasn’t “church”. We will only know who and what we are in light of who Jesus truly was as a man.
It is critical we know who and what we are so we can function effectively in what Jesus said He would build, the Ekklesia. In my new book, “Now Who Are You?”; I reveal what the scripture says about the creation of mankind, who Jesus is, who and what we become at the new birth, what adoption really means, how much God really does love us and much more!