A Question of Identity

A question can be used as an instrument to inquire, and get information. It can also be used as a tool to doubt the validity of a thing. Validity signifies the genuineness of an entity.

As we view our lives closely, we will discover that six questions govern our lives. The question Why? Deals with our God-given purpose; the question When? Deals with divine timing. The question How? Deals with divine strategy. The question Where? Deals with destiny and origin. Finally, the questions What? and Who? Deal with our identity.

In Paul’s distress as he fell to the ground on the road to Damascus, he blurted out, “who art thou, Lord?” In other words, “Lord identify yourself.”

There are four voices that testify about you on this planet: The voice of God, the voice of man, the voice of Satan, and the voice of self. However, it is the voice that you embrace that eventually becomes your own. Jesus understood this truth very well.

Matthew 16:13 reads:

“When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of Man am?” Jesus wanted to know what the “word” was on the streets.

In replying this question in verse 14, they answered, “…some say that thou art John the Baptist: some Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets.” Notice the responses vary. All of them are based upon human perception. Even though all of the above responses are positive, none of them measured up to who Jesus really was. When it comes to us as believers, we are finite. When judging who we are, man may think of us as inferior or superior.

Man speaks about us based on sight. He may be positive today, negative tomorrow. Satan is the accuser of the brethren (a veteran liar); he constantly changes based on the occasion. The voice of self apart from God speaks, yet it is never consistent. God does not change and neither does His view. If we were valuable yesterday, we are valuable for eternity.

It is important for us to look at Jesus as our example. Why? Because though he was the Son of God, He was the most misunderstood man that ever lived. Look at what the Pharisees said about Jesus. John 9:16 in the Amplified Bible declares, R