Who Am I, Lord?

"Then King David went in and sat before the Lord and said, “Who am I, O Lord God, and what is my house, that you have brought me thus far?" (2 Samuel 7:18)

At one point or another, I would venture to guess that we have all asked this question in one form or another. Is who we are determined by what we do or is it the other way around? If you are a Christian, you should have embarked on a continuous road of sanctification, meaning a journey of growth and maturity in the Christian faith. This journey should change your character and the way you interact with the world around you. Has it?

To be a Christian is to be a child of God. Understanding this relationship is at the very heart of understanding who you are. For David, at the height of his kingdom, still recognized his lowly state before the Creator and could not fathom how the God of all would even know him or his family.

Yet that is the very character of God. He not only knows each one of us, he cares for us intimately (Luke 12:7). It is nothing we have earned, or nothing we are owed, it is simply an expression of love by the One who created all things. How awesome that is to think about! When you are ever feeling low and feeling rejected by the world, just remember there is One greater than the world who cares for you—One who will never leave you or forsake you (Deuteronomy 31:8; 1Chronicles 28:20; John 10:28; Romans 8:38-39).

We need to understand that who we are should never be relegated to worldly titles and positions, for all of this is temporary. I think to the fragility of a young person’s self-esteem who is bullied on social media to a point of complete despondency. If I could only reach out to that person to let them know there is a God who loves them and seeks a relationship with them, that the things of this world are only temporary and will soon pass way.

As a child of God we hold within us a life of infinite meaning and purpose where hopelessness cannot reach us. The world and the prince of this world do well to tell us that who we are is determined by what we do. However, Christ cries out to us that who we are means so much more; that who we are means we are His. Our sense of worth can then become tied to knowing you are child of God and that the gifts you possess are waiting to be used for His glory.

If you are ever feeling unworthy, or at a point in life where you feel at odds with the world and the people in your life, remember that the Creator of the Universe wants to know you personally, if only you would turn to Him. Open your heart to Jesus Christ as your Savior and the promises of Scripture can be yours as well (Romans 10:9). 

Consider some of these Scriptural references on who you are, in the eyes of God for those in Christ (list courtesy of Neil Anderson’s book, Victory over Darkness):

I am God’s child (John 1:12)
I am Christ’s friend (John 15:15)
I have been justified (Romans 5:1)
I am united with the Lord, and I am one spirit with Him (1 Corinthians 6:17)
I have been bought with a price. I belong to God (1 Corinthians 6:20)
I am a member of Christ’s Body (1 Corinthians 12:27)
I am a saint (Ephesians 1:1)
I have been adopted as God’s child (Ephesians 1:5)
I have been redeemed and forgiven of all my sins (Ephesians 2:18)
I am complete in Christ (Colossians 2:10)
I am free from condemnation (Romans 8:1-2)
I cannot be separated from the love of God (Romans 8:28)
I have been established, anointed and sealed by God (2 Corinthians 1:21-22)
I am confident that the good work God has begun in me will be perfected (Philippians 1:6)
I am a citizen of heaven (Philippians 3:20)
I am born of God and the evil one cannot touch me (1 John 5:18)
I am the salt and light of the earth (Matthew 5:13-14)
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (Philippians 4: 13)

Heavenly Father, thank you for loving us. I pray for those who may read this that do not know you as a child of God that they would seek you earnestly and turn to you with humble and contrite hearts. I pray for the Holy Spirit to begin a good work in them that they receive the gift of eternal life, a life found only through your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen.