Week of September 20, 2020
Who Am I?
Ephesians 2:10 (KJV)
“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”
Six times in the Bible the question was asked, “Who am I?” Moses asked it once; David four times; and Solomon once. Paul answered the question once for himself and at least once for everyone.
Many adults, as well as teenagers, are troubled about something in their life which they cannot change. So troubled that some would even end their life because of it.
May I ask? When you were given your application for birth with questions to be answered and submitted to the administrator for birth, what did you request? Lest you think you just misread that question or that I have lost my mind, I will hasten to inform you that no one ever had that privilege. Every human being was simply born with at least ten “unasked for” marks of God’s identity upon you. They are ethnicity (including skin color), gender, date of birth, place of birth, parents, ancestry, birth order, physical characteristics, DNA, God’s purpose for your life.
Perhaps the ignorance of, rejection of, and/or rebellion against the Creator Who made us with these marks of identity is the root cause of the unrest in the world. Think about it! Did you choose any of those or did God choose them for you?
Psalm 139:13 admonishes, “For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb.
Adam Clark’s Commentary instructs, “As the Hebrews believed that the reins were the first part of the human fetus that is formed, it may here mean, thou hast laid the foundation of my being. “Covered” may mean the after-birth that the infant is in.”
Psalm 139:14 -16 states, “I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.”
How can I NOT give the Word, Jesus the Creator, praise for the “marvelous works” (God’s marks of identity) which He wrought in me; therefore, I will give thanks for “all my members…which were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them?” Yet many people despise the “identity marks” God gave them, and, therefore, lash out in hatred for their Creator or towards others that possess what they wish they were.
Moses, David, and Solomon each asked the question, “Who am I?” but none answered it. Paul by inspiration of the Holy Spirit answered in Ephesians 2:10, “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” Do you know that you are God’s special masterpiece? Have you thanked Him lately for His “marks” on your life?
God revealed to Jeremiah in Jeremiah 1:5, “Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.” Do you know God’s purpose for your life or are you doing your own thing, trying to satisfy your own desires. This is most undoubtedly the reason why so many in this world are at unrest – with themselves and with the world around them.
Consider praying this PRAYER FOR ACCEPTANCE OF MY MARKS: “Right now I do thank you, Lord Jesus, for the marks of identity You have given me at birth. Until today I have never thought of them as unique gifts from You to help me glorify You and to testify to others that you made me this way. Forgive me for complaining, comparing myself to others, and/or even blaming You instead of thanking You for creating me this way. Forgive me also for allowing these “marks of identity” for causing my behavior towards others. Now I give my life to You and will seek Your purpose for my life.