“Who are you?” My daughter had been parading through the house with just about every piece of plastic jewelry she could find in her toy chest on her person along with parts of two or three different princess costumes. Oh, and sunglasses. “I’m a princess,” she responded and began to tell me her own little tale about the world she lived in. It was fascinating to just watch her play.
It reminds me of another story, this one not so pleasant, about a young man who was having a hard time with life. His parents divorced when he was a child, he took up drugs and alcohol and had taken a job as DJ at an old bar. His story began like everyone else who comes into this world, but quickly took its own path somewhere along the way, and he began asking the questions we all eventually ask: “Who am I?” and “Why am I here?” Not finding any answers, depression overcame his will to live and he took his own life.
Even for Christians, this question is hard for many to answer. Ask anyone on the street, “Who are you?” and if they aren’t feeling to suspicious of your motives you may get their name, but the name of a person is not who they are. My name is John Bagwell, but who is John Bagwell, and why is he here on this earth? Stop and think about it for a moment before continuing on, for the question of “Who are you?” is not one of asking your name, but your identity.
You see, your identity is not just who you are, it also gives you purpose and context in life. Walk up on a car accident and you will see all kinds of people with identities. A policeman, an EMT, a wrecker driver . . . and they all are doing something. They are not haphazard about what they are doing either. It is an orchestra of motion, each person with their identity doing their job according to their identity and the context of the situation. Then there are also the bystanders. “Who are you?” “What is your purpose here?”
The bystanders have no identity here, they have no purpose here, and so they stand around and do nothing. So many people in life are still searching for their identity. For many who do not find it, they ultimately end up standing around, doing nothing while life passes them by. They do not know who they are, so they have no purpose and life for them is meaningless.
If you are a Christian, allow me to help you just a little bit on the path of identity, for who you are now is not who you were. Romans 6:6 “Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, . . .” (You may also see Ephesians 4:22 and Colossians 3:9). Too many Christians today are trying to walk around with two identities. They have their old identity as a sinner, but have failed to let the dead weight fall as someone who has been born again. They have a new heart, but still carry the old identity, and so they do not know who they are.
To discover your identity as a Christian, let’s take a look at another few verses from the Bible. Try reading just Ephesians 6: 14 – 17 and see if a picture does not develop. There we read of different types of armor for the body, a helmet, a sword, and a shield. Who operates this type of equipment? Get the picture?
As Christians, we are soldiers bred for battle, but not a war of flesh and blood. It is a warfare fought in the minds and hearts of men, and evil fears who you are and what you are capable of doing, for within you dwells the presence and power of the Almighty. “Who are you?” Well, what is that in your hand? You have a sword and a shield and armor to fight, so stop standing on the sidelines and become engaged in the battle before you so that at the end of this life on earth you may say, 2Timothy 4:7 “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:”© 2010-2013 John Bagwell www.MenRising.com All Rights Reserved