Who Am I

Who Am I

By Henry Nelson

 

 

 

Psalms 8:3-9 “When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him? You made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor. You made him ruler over the works of your hands; you put everything under his feet: all flocks and herds, and the beasts of the field, the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea, all that swim the paths of the seas. O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!”A wise man once told me that there are two kinds of people in this world; the people who liked high school and the people who hated it, and generally the people who hated it did so because of the people who liked it. This statement resonated with my life because I did not like high school. It was such an awkward time where I was growing up. Your body starts to go through some strange changes. High school is just a really awkward time in most people’s lives. You search for your identity and for who you are and what we are going to do with our lives. High school is really the first time where you start thinking about the future. Most all of us did something embarrassing in our search for our identity. I had this dream of being a jazz musician. I paid for music lessons and everything because part of me believed that this is who I was going to be. Of course none of this took place because when I play it sounds like a lot of noise. {{more}} When all this was happening I was trying to find my identity. I was asking the question: Who am I? See you do some crazy things when you are searching for your identity and trying to figure out who you really are. Some of you are still searching and some of you believe you have found your answer, but who are we? Who you are defines how you live. I would like to take you on a little journey and see if we cannot find the answer to this question. Who are we? Where did these unique aspects come from? Why do we have them?   The answer to the unique characteristics of man is found in Genesis 1:26-27: It says, “Then God said,”Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” Amen!The word for image used in the Old Testament does not appear to have physical implications as in the way you were made to look like God. The image you are made in refers to the immaterial parts of man. Basically you bear the moral or spiritual image of God in your lives. When you were created you were made like Him. The universal law that exists in us comes from being made in the image of God. When you serve God and obey Him you begin to reveal the image of our creator and God can be seen through your lives and actions. How you live reflects who you are. You were created in the image of God, but something has changed. Your identity was lost when Eve took a bite of the apple. The sin in the garden was a rejection not only of God, but of the image you were created in. For when we rejected Him we lost a part of our identity. Do not you see? Who you are is not a job; it is not a nationality, a gender, a parent, or anything like that. You spend so much time trying to find your place in the world trying to answer the question: Who am I? All the while you are running from the answer. Your identity is not found by anything in this world. When you live for the things of this world you reject the truth of your own identity. How you live determines the image that you bear. When you live for the things the world lives for you look like the world. You are not to live like this. You are to live for something else. You are made in the image of God, not the other way around. You are made in His image. You are not the creator. Sometimes I believe we seem to forget that. Sometimes you want to forget that because you enjoy playing God in your own little world. You are not God. You are His image. It is time that you stopped trying to make God like us and started trying to make yourself like God. It is time that you returned to the essence of your creation for it is there you learn the true reality of your purpose. It is there you find your true identity and an actual answer to the question: Who am I? Who are you? You are man, made in the image of God. Created to worship, glorify, and commune with Him. We do not exist to just sit in churches and sing songs. You are meant to worship God with all our lives. We do not exist to tell the world what God thinks about their sins we exist to show the world the love of God. We are not meant to be members of churches we are meant to be citizens of His Kingdom. We are meant to exist in the image of God and reflections of His glory. It is not until you realize who you are that we can find our purpose and meaning for our lives. We are the children of God made in His image. The reality of life is that we bear the image of God and we exist to glorify Him. Our lives are like a mirror. They will reflect something. If we live for this world our lives will reflect the image and nature of this world. If we live for God our lives will reflect His image but not only will it reflect it will radiate out of us. For when we live a life like Christ obeying the commands and following His example His image flows out of us like a stream of living water. When we focus ourselves on God when our hearts and minds are set on Him this happens as naturally as breathing. For too many years the church has made the Christian life all about lists. Do these things, do not do these things and you are good. Christianity is turned from a relationship into a ritual of rules. The church makes demands give us your money or you are a bad person. We use guilt trips like they are going out of style all to try to get people to live the right way but the approach is all wrong. What you need to do is to focus yourselves on the one who gave us life. Then you will find yourselves naturally becoming more like Him. Your job is to worship and glorify God by behaving like He does. God is patient, kind, merciful and is love. So Love your friends, your family, Love your neighbor and Love you enemy.   Pray for those who frustrate you and cause you pain. Christianity is not about to do lists. It is all about becoming like our Savior. All you need for that to happen is to make Him the focus of your life. When you focus your attention on God, you will find yourselves bearing His image and your lives will serve as a testimony to His greatness. When you make Christ the center of who you are your life is not about all the things you have to do or not do. Your life is not who you get to be. You get to glorify God with all that you do. Now you know how to answer Who Am I.”Amen!