In the Gospel of Matthew 16:13-20 Jesus asked the disciples who men think He is. It reads: 13 When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?” 14 They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” 15 “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” 16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”
Do you know that we all directly or indirectly ask this same question every day from people around us? Children from parents, students from teachers, wives from husband and husbands from wives, the list goes on. Many people have internalized the projection and thoughts of others as the compass that guides their own lives. We try to live our lives in accordance with the profiles that people or situations create for us or that we create for ourselves based on what we perceived of ourselves at different seasons of life.
When Jesus asked these questions, only one person got it right and it was revealed to that person by God. Only God knows who you truly are. Anyone that will accurately define you must get their definition from God, your Maker, otherwise their definition is totally unreliable. You will never know who you truly are from the standpoint of mortals until you tap into the frequency of the revelation of who you are in Christ.
People will call you what fits into their perceptions or expectations of you. For example, a parent calls a child a failure because that child hasn’t lived up to the perceived expectation of success from the parent’s viewpoint. Jesus recognized His identity when it was mentioned and agreed with it. In your journey of life there will be people who would call you what God has not called you. You must find out who you are from God, otherwise you will subscribe to what people or situations name you. Never answer to a name or identity that God has not given you.
Again, the only way to find your true identity is through your maker Himself. Don’t allow other people’s past failures or past experiences to shape your own experience, no matter who they are. Even though Elijah, Jeremiah and John the Baptist were great men from the bible, Jesus did not settle for people defining Him as these great men. Jesus pressed for the true revelation of Himself and so should we.
So, you see, you are not a failure because God did not call you a failure. You are not an accident. You are a child of the Most High. Stay in your father’s presence. Embrace His Love. Let Him reveal to you that which He has written concerning you. Only God can give you the revelation of your true identity. When you discover this, all other voices and opinions of you will fade away.
Once you know who you are in God, you must embrace it and jealously protect it because circumstances of life will come to displace your identity. You must guard it with your life because your whole existence depends on your unwavering knowledge of who you are.