Truth of love: Identification
This is not a deep philosophical question, but rather a means of understanding the calling on our lives, the question is “Who are you?” The answer is more than a name because true identification lies in who we really are spiritually, in Yeshua Messiah, Jesus the Christ, not just our personal names. Names have meaning, but names can be overcome, altered, but no one can take away our identification in Yeshua/Jesus.
The Savior’s name is the name above all names (Philippians 2:8-11) and when we repent and accept him by confessing his name, we are provided the opportunity to live up to that name and title. The deep personal commitment we make to identify ourselves in and with the Messiah/Christ is also a name of unity. It is why we can pray together even if our fellowship/church homes are different.
When I ask myself “Who I am?” and hopefully get you to contemplate the question for your own life, I am in essence asking who do I, who do we, want to be in Messiah/Christ.
Statements such as “We are all children of God,” actually demeans the truth of acceptance and repentance, which is needed in order to develop an ongoing deeper relationship with the living God. We are all made in the image of God, but that is not the same as being a child of God, a born again person, a person grafted into the scripture truths of the living God is the true child of the great I am.
Our God, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob identified himself to Moses in Exodus 3:14 “I am who I am. This is what you are to say to the Israelites, I am has sent me to you.” Yeshua/Jesus said, “I am,” in the gospel of John more than once. “Then they asked him, Where is your father?” “You do not know me or my father,” Jesus replied. “If you knew me, you would know my father also” (John 8: 19) “I tell you the truth,” Jesus answered, “before Abraham was born, I am!” (John 8:58). “I and the father are one” (John 10:30).
We are called, chosen by the true living God to proclaim Jesus as Lord everyday by identifying ourselves with him and doing the works he has called us to do. We have an opportunity to live up to who we are in Messiah/Christ because it is more than believing. James 2:19 states, “You believe that God is one and that is good (you do well). The demons also believe and tremble/shutter.” More than belief, we accept and proclaim by our obedience, our actions exemplifying who we are in him. When we say I am a Christian/Messianic, we are saying yes to God’s ways and all his life guidelines in the bible. We are being witnesses. When someone asks who are you, wouldn’t it be best to say, “I am a Christian/Messianic and my name is….”?
Let us identify ourselves with our Lord and never be ashamed of the gospel, the good news, of Jesus Christ/Yeshua Messiah.
He died not only for us, but for the sins of all mankind and we his ongoing witnesses can look forward to hearing, “Well done good and faithful servant,” because we know who we are and are not ashamed of our identification.
Blessings and Shalom