Who do you think you are?
Normally when such a question is posed, it is done so under a rhetorical pretense and in a sarcastic tone. So, it’s usually viewed as a disrespectful jab and therefore rarely ever answered. But, it is important to note that identity affiliation is often times linked to personal confidence, so “who we think we are” becomes a very important question. Think about it.
Those born into royalty tend to exhibit a heightened sense of assurance, especially when they understand their privileged position in life. And on the flip-side, there are individuals born into poverty who are branded as inferior and labeled as poor. So they have difficulties shaking the stigma and eventually end up succumbing to the stereotypes attached, mainly because of who they are or who they “think” they are have been critically misaligned.
As believers, we have heard many times that our acceptance of Christ made us new creatures. No longer do we subscribe to the ways of our prior selves. In essence, the relationship that we enter into with God is supposed to contain special perks and benefits. And it does.
However, when the challenges of life appear, they sometimes knock us off balance, causing us to sulk in distress and drop our heads in self-perceived shame. In moments like these, we fail to recall who we really are. That used to be me. Until one day I came across a passage that restored the pep in my spiritual step.
In 2 Peter, Chapter 1, Peter addressed a letter to new converts explaining to them some of the gifts that come along with dedicating their lives to God. The one that caught my attention the most is found in verse 4. In it, Peter explains that the instant we come into the knowledge of Christ, we become partakers in His divine nature. In other words, we become like Him simply by association. Therefore, we are allowed to move and operate with the same power and authority that He does. Now that I have a greater understanding of who I am, it no longer matters who others “think” I am. So, there’s absolutely nothing (besides of me) that can defeat me.
This is the type of boldness that we as believers must adopt. It is a winner’s attitude; the kind that will attract others who may be uncertain of who they are and bring them into the faith more than any message you could ever preach to them.
In a world blanketed with fear and suppressed by doubt, people are searching for someone of strength to follow. But, when the struggles of the believers are handled in the same manner as the rest of the world, then the God that we claim to serve can appear less powerful and thus, less attractive.
That ends today!
Assume your rightful position. Grab your slice of divine nourishment. Then consume it whole, comforted by the fact that things will begin to line up in every area of your life just as soon as you believe and speak it into existence. And this is not just what I “think.” This is actually something that I know.