The usual introduction upon meeting someone new are some pleasantries, “Hi, my name is _________. What’s your name? Nice to me you.” And then comes the question, “What kind of work do you do?”
In our culture we define ourselves by our work. Our work is our identity to a large extent.
But what if instead of asking you what your work was, someone asked you “Who are you?” How do you answer that question? How would you respond to the question, “Who are you?”
This is the question of “being” as opposed to “doing”. Who you are is of central importance. Who you are is much more important than what you do!
Perhaps you are wrestling with this question. For many of us the questions of “being” are not even on the radar screen. There’s not a category for wrestling with your identity. Usually we don’t even begin to consider these questions until we have a faith crisis.
We see this in Moses’ life. Exodus 2:11 says, “One day, when Moses had grown up, he went out to his people and looked on their burdens, and he saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, one of his people.” Moses probably had an identity crisis, knowing he was a Hebrew living in the luxury of the Egyptian palace while his people suffered. After a failed attempt to do something about it, Moses fled to the wilderness where the questions of his identity would be suppressed for the next 40 years.
Then one day all of those questions were brought back to the surface as Moses had a faith crisis when he came face to face with God in the burning bush. Exodus 3:11 records his response to God, “But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?”
His first question to God was “Who am I?” Sometimes it takes a faith crisis to bring us to the point where we try to figure out who we are.
The questions of “being” are the most foundational questions that we ask and answer.
“Being” is the issue of character. When Jesus invites you to follow him, it is an invitation for your very person to be changed into who God wants you to be. It is a process. Give the Lord time to do his work.
I dare you to go to the Lord and ask him, “Who am I?”