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I Am Who He Says I Am
By Kyle Jane Heskett
I am chosen
I am who You say I am
You are for me
Not against me
I am who You say I am
– Hillsong Worship
Humans vary in ethnicity, religion, talents, and interests. But we are all similar in one very big way; we all feel the need to be known, validated, and loved. That is why we strive to succeed in our personal and professional lives. We can get caught up in chasing the next thing; maybe for you that is a better job, a new house, or a better grade. In the midst of pursuing success, we can easily forget who we really are.
The truth is that the things of this world, even if they are good things, cannot satisfy our deepest needs or answer that one question we have all asked ourselves, “Who am I?” Do you know why things like the validation of a successful career or a relationship with a certain person does not keep us fully satisfied? It is because those things were never meant to! God didn’t create our identities to be determined by outside circumstances, but rather we were made to find our identity in the unchanging and permanent love of Christ. 1 Peter 2:9 states, “You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light.” 2 Corinthians 5:16-19 says that we are a new creation in Christ and that we no longer should regard one another from a worldly point of view. We have been reconciled to Christ and in exchange for guilt, shame, rejection, and hopelessness, we now have acceptance, safety, and significance. This is a truth to hold onto, no matter our outward circumstances.
Part of being the real you is also embracing what makes you unique. God certainly does. Revelation 7:9 says that in heaven there is a multitude from “every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb…” Mankind’s diversity deserves to be celebrated. 1 Corinthians 12 attests to the variety of gifts of the Spirit. We are all called to contribute to God’s Kingdom in different ways. We are one body, but many parts. Sometimes we can feel like we are falling short, that who we are is not enough or that we would rather be like somebody else who seems to have it all together. Remember sisters, you are made in the image of God and who you are is worth rejoicing over. God has knit you in your mother’s womb and you are wonderfully made (Psalm 139). God doesn’t just love you, He likes you. He delights in you and who you are is enough.
There are days when I feel like my best just isn’t cutting it. I get overwhelmed and tired of trying to do everything through my own strength. I’m sure this is your reality at times too. But you and I can have a new reality. Let God remind you that He is your strength and your ultimate source of joy. That is when you will finally be at peace. That is when you will finally begin to believe that you are exactly who He says you are.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight.”
– Proverbs 3:5-6