Who are we really? I’ve heard it said that you are not what you think you are, but what you think, you are. Its a play on words to get you to think about who you really are. It may be one of the most popular unspoken questions about ourselves that we could ask. So I ask you, Just who do you think you are?
If you have a low self esteem, you may think little of yourself or your ideas, and not put yourself forward. Fear may have a great influence over you and your choices. Your social skills may not be developed very much. Your goals may not be very high. Disappointment, embarrassment, and hopelessness may be your closest friends.
On the other hand, you may have a high self esteem and may see yourself being a success in many of the things you do. You may have a lot of confidence and are not bothered much by what others think of you. The world is yours for the taking. You may be popular and have a measure of success. Still you may have internal questions that leave you feeling hollow or something is missing.
Neither of these positions answer the questions of who you really are. I found the answer in the Bible. Ro 6:16 Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness? It is not the name you hang on your door that defines who you are but the values you hold and what controls you.
So if you have become a servant of righteousness as a Christian, then let me ask you again, Who are you really? For the answer to that question we must again go to the Bible for the answer. 1. You are the salt of the earth. Matt 5:13 Do you remember the saying, “you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink?” Well, I can make him drink. All I need to do is put salt in his feed. Then when he is led to the water he will drink of his own choice. Just create a thirst. 2. You are the light of the world. Matt 5:14 The world is in darkness and cannot see the glory of God. There is a sin barrier between them a God. You can see the glory of God because the sin issue has been dissolved between you and God, and you can also see those in the world. You can act as a mirror to reflect His glory to those in darkness. They can see God in you. 3. You are the temple of God 1 Cor 3:16 In all of creation the only place that God choose to dwell was in the Christian. It is an eternal habitation and therefore must be fitted for Him. He is Holy so we must be Holy. He is eternal so He offers us eternal life. 1Pe 2:9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light: and again in 2 Cor 6:16 “. . .as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.” 4. Ye are children of God. Gal 3: 26 Every person is not a child of God because they were born physically. That is the first requirement that they be human but there is a second requirement to become a child of God and that is to be born spiritually (from above, of the spirit, born again). That is what Jesus was talking about to Nicodemus in Joh 3:5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. He explained it further when he said that which is flesh is flesh and that which is born of the spirit is spirit. He even told the Pharisees that their father was the Devil. 5. Ye are sons (Gal 4:6) . . .heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ . . .(Ro 8:17) A joint-heir with Christ makes Jesus our brother and we inherit with Christ. What God has in store for us is so beyond all that we can ever ask or think. We should so walk that it is clear to all that we are born from above. 6. . . .ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people. . . We began in this world but we are not of this world. We have become a part of God’s eternal plan when we chose Christ as our Lord. Now it is all over but the happening. Satan can’t stop it and neither can all the demonic forces of the world together. We are the apple of God’s eye. We know who we are when we know who’s we are.