15th May 2012

Do You Know Who I Am?

“Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.”
John 1:12 (NIV)

It’s an old joke but still funny… the drunk is refused access on to the bus by the belligerent conductress. “Do you know who I am?” he demands angrily.  She replies, “Is it my fault you don’t know who you are?”

The question ‘do you know who I am?’ connotes self importance, a desire for recognition, and quite possibly, an inferiority complex.  It frequently initiates a highly negative response as it did in the joke.  However, it is a question worth asking of oneself.  Do you know who you are?  Of course we have our names, our unique fingerprints and DNA, but as Christians, do we know who we are forever?

Low self esteem is widespread in today’s society.  It manifests itself in anti-social and dysfunctional behaviour.  Young people in increasing numbers are susceptible to self deprecation, and hating their own bodies and persona, they self harm.

Ironically and conversely, interest in genealogy is on the increase.  People are fascinated by their ancestors:  Were they famous?  Were they wealthy?  Were they saints or sinners?  Realising the popularity of tracing lineage, BBC television created a programme where celebrities search their family trees, called ‘Who do you think you are?’

It is a fair question – do we realise who our Creator thinks we are?  Are we just another walking heap of elements and chemicals sprinkled with some DNA?  Is there perhaps more to us than that?  God tells us there is very much more than that.  He calls us his children.  We may have become too familiar with the term ‘children of God’ but that is precisely who we are.  Romans 8:14 tells us, “those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God.”

How, therefore, can we despise ourselves and complain about our height, complexion, and hair—in fact, just about everything that makes us who we are?  Exactly how precious are we?  The answer is found in Psalm 149:4, “For the LORD takes delight in his people; he crowns the humble with victory.  To put it in the vernacular – we are the apple of our Heavenly Father’s eye!  We put the smile on His face – He delights in us.  He has counted every follicle on our heads.  He knew us before time began.  These are overwhelming statements, but true.  “See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.’  (1 John 3:1) 

Let us have hearts of gratitude.  By the grace of God we are His children—an undeserved honour bestowed upon us by our Father. 

Loving Father, thank you for our adoption, made possible by our elder brother, Jesus Christ. Holy Spirit, enable us to become more like Him daily.

Study by Irene Wilson

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