People do not define who you are. Actions do not define who you are. Even you do not define who you are. There is One who defined you, formed you, and established you before the foundation of the world.
When you discover who you truly are, the one thing it does is that it awakens your heart. It transforms your actions, your character, and your purpose. You begin to live and walk in truth and not based on emotion. Truth has caused you to live in freedom. Love becomes the center of everything you do, and because of this, you recognize that you are like a house built on a rock that can’t be moved because nothing can change your true identity. Passion is what people see, forgiveness is what people get, home is what people feel.
Why people? Because love involves another person. Forgiveness involves another person. Relationship involves another person. You will have understood that it is the people that are the most important on the earth. No one is greater, no one is less. And the more people wake up, through the Father’s love that you demonstrate, we will see the world change for good, and we will have that one hope.
If actions defined who you are, then you would be called a murderer if you murdered someone, or a thief if you stole something. If you stole something one day, but then gave some money to a homeless person the next day, are you then a thief or a giver? If you got completely wasted at a party one night, and the next night you took care of a stranger that got mugged and was left on the ground by taking him to your place and making sure they are well, are you then a drunkard or a kind neighbor? So then, actions can’t determine who you are.
If people defined who you are, then you would living a lie to yourself. This is in most ways similar to your actions that determine who you are. People, unfortunately, will most likely look at what you do, and will label you for what you do. For instance, a person who looks angry for a time will get comments like, “He’s an angry person.” Or someone who doesn’t talk much will get comments like, “She doesn’t talk much,” or “She’s a shy person,” or even things like, “She doesn’t like me,” or “She doesn’t care what I think.” And so if it is people that determine who you are, it is still based on your actions, and it becomes your performance for the sake of people so that you build up your own reputation based on how other’s see you or how other’s view you.
If you defined who you are, then you could be building yourself up for failure, which then you would as a result have bitterness toward yourself, hate yourself, become depressed, think of yourself as worthless, and more. If you defined who you are, then you will have built up pride because it has become about you. “I don’t need people to help me, I can do it myself, I define who I am,” or “I’m the kind of person that doesn’t take life too seriously. I’ll do things how I want, when I want,” or “I’m a pretty productive person, the kind of person that plans things in advance, I am proactive, and I am very punctual.” A lot of the time, these kinds of people think that who you are is still based on what you do and your actions. If you defined yourself as a punctual person, and you ended up showing up late to work, in your own eyes, you failed. Failure has to do with action. Again, as a result, one can be building up for themselves pride, self-condemnation, hatred of self, bitterness toward self, and the list goes on. If you defined who you are, then who you are could be based on your own opinions of you, or based on what you would want to see yourself as, striving for something that you are actually not because it was triggered through jealousy or hatred and such. But what about the person that says, “I am self-motivating, I never back down, I always move forward, and I set an example for people to follow”? This person as you can imagine can be deep down self-focused, self-determined, self-sufficient, self-this, and self-that, even though they really aren’t those things.
All of these options says that who you are never stays the same, but is always moving, shifting, and changing, and most all of it it still based on action. But what if who you are has already been established? And what if who you are isn’t based on your performance, your skills, or your talents? What if who you are isn’t based on people’s opinions of you, or how they see you? What if you gave up trying to determine who you are and stopped setting up for yourself failure?
So, who are you?
There is One who has defined you. And there is another who will try everything to deceive you of yourself.
Gen. 1:26-28 Then God said, “Let us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness…” So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”
Gen. 3:1-5 Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?” And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.'” Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
Since the beginning, God’s plan was to make man in His image, according to His likeness. The enemy robbed the woman. She was already like God. Her eyes were already opened. But the enemy deceived her to thinking that she wasn’t and that she was lacking something. Likewise today, the enemy has deceived the people trying to steal her identity because he’s afraid of her waking up to who she truly is – like God. What Jesus did was take back what the enemy stole, he saved what was lost, he redeemed humanity to her original value – the likeness of God. He did this by becoming sin for us so that it would be crushed on the cross along with the law of Moses. He was whipped, bruised, and beaten, for it pleased God to show the world His forgiveness and mercy through His Son. He took the world with him on the cross, paid the penalty for all mankind, so that we would be free again and not held captive. God saw His true love when she was far off, an enemy, at her worst, a harlot, but He loved her as Himself. He saw Himself in her and brought it out of her again because that’s who she always was, with no more sin to separate her from Himself. He married her and became one with her, sealed with a new covenant, and a new name, the name of Jesus. This happened two thousand years ago.
Like a villain who kidnapped a daughter of the king, raped her, kept her enslaved, bruised her and beaten her, stole her identity, and brainwashed her with lies, so is the enemy that has kept the people of God in slavery in their minds. That’s what waking up is. It is an awakening to truth. An awakening to who you really are.
When you discover who you are, you will find that you were already set free, already forgiven, already adopted, already chosen, already changed in heart, that you were already given every good thing. You discover that the Kingdom of Heaven has already taken residence in your heart, that you already belong to God, that you already have been made new.
Listen to your heart. You are not an angry person, you are not a liar, not a hater, not a loser, not a murderer, not a thief. You are not prideful, arrogant, conceited, lonely, anxious, fearful, timid, depressed, lazy, confused, apathetic, insecure, or critical.
Why? Because that old person of yours died with Christ already. You are a new creation, the old has passed. You are either of the enemy (bad) or of God (good), and according to Scripture, you are no longer one with the enemy.
So then who are you? If God saw Himself in the bride and restored her to her original value, then you are simply like God. For as He is, so are we in this world (1 Jn. 4:17), you were made in the image of God, according to His likeness. Actions aside, you are like God, made in His image. So whatever is true about God is true about you.
God is patient, you are patient. God is kind, you are kind. God is not envious, you are not envious. God does not brag or is puffed up, you do not brag or are puffed up. God doesn’t behave rudely, you do not behave rudely. God does not seek his own, you do not seek your own. God is not provoking, you are not provoking. God thinks no evil, you think no evil. And the rest of that section of 1 Corinthians 13. “But that is talking about love…” God is love, and so are you. Love has actually been perfected in you (1 John 4:12). God’s identity is your identity. Why? Because it is no longer you that lives, but Christ who lives in you. Christ and God are one. You and Christ are one. You are joined with Christ and with the Father. So whatever things are true about Christ are true about you also. You are like your Father, and you are like your Brother. No striving to be like Him. It is Finished!