WISDOM FOR LIVING DEVOTIONAL
OCTOBER 25, 2020
TOPIC: DO YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE?
BY T. O. BANSO
“I am ‘The voice of one crying in the wilderness: Make straight the way of the LORD’” (John 1:23 New King James Version).
Do you know who you are? You must know who you are; otherwise, you may believe anything people say about you that is not correct. Jesus was not confused about His identity. In Matthew 16:13, He asked His disciples, “Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?” (New King James Version). They told Him some said He was John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.
Jesus then asked His disciples who they said He was. Peter said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God” (verse 16 New King James Version). Jesus didn’t ask the question because He didn’t know who He was. He asked for the sake of His disciples. He wanted to be sure they knew who they were following about. Do you know who you are? Beyond singing, “I know who I am”, you must have correct knowledge about who you are in Christ Jesus, and it affects the way you see yourself, think, and behave.
John the Baptist knew who he was. When the Jews sent the priests and Levites to ask him who he was, John wasn’t confused about His true identity. John confessed to them that he wasn’t the Christ – the Messiah, Elijah, or the Prophet, Pressed further on who he was, John replied, “I am ‘The voice of one crying in the wilderness: Make straight the way of the LORD’” (John 1:23 New King James Version).
John could have claimed to be the Messiah because the Jews were eagerly waiting for the Messiah, and John the Baptist was already an outstanding man. He was the first prophet to appear on the scene after four hundred years of silence – no word from the LORD since the Book of Malachi.
If John had claimed to be the Messiah, he would have gotten a large following. In fact, he had a large crowd already trooping to him in the wilderness. But John knew who he was and wasn’t out to play to the gallery. He wasn’t ready to allow people, situations, or circumstances to describe him. Do you know who you are?
Every child of God, including everyone in leadership, must know that he is, first and foremost, a child of God before whatever assignment God may have given him. A leader must derive his true identity and self-worth from God. It is not a leader’s work or ministry that should give him true identity and self-worth but who he is in God. With this perspective, even when he has not yet achieved the expected results or gotten a breakthrough, he doesn’t get overwhelmed by a sense of failure.
He knows he is accepted in the Beloved (Ephesians 1:6), not on the basis of performance or achievement, the size of church or ministry, the popularity or acceptance by people, the number of services held on Sunday, or the budget of ministry or church, etc. “Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure” (1 John 3:2-3 New King James Version).
When a Christian or a Christian in leadership knows who he is, he will have self-worth; he won’t go about looking for people’s approval or get worried by people’s disapproval or low estimation of him. We see this example in the Lord Jesus Christ during His earthly ministry. In John 5:41-43, Jesus said, “Your approval or disapproval means nothing to me, for as I know so well, you don’t have God’s love within you. I know, because I have come to you representing my Father and you refuse to welcome me, though you readily enough receive those who aren’t sent from him, but represent only themselves!” (The Living Bible).
Do you know who you are? Don’t let failure or success define you. Know who you are in God. Let your self-worth be rooted in God’s love for you, not in your material possessions. Your valuables don’t determine your true value. Call yourself what God calls you. If you’re born again, you are, among other things,
1. The redeemed of the Lord (Galatians 3:13; 1 Peter 1:18-19).
2. Made right with God – you’re God’s righteousness in Jesus (2 Corinthians 5:21).
3. A child of God (Galatians 3:26).
4. God’s workmanship or masterpiece (Ephesians 2:10).
5. An overcomer (1 John 2:13; 4:4; 5:4).
6. More than a conqueror (Romans 8:37).
7. Blessed (Ephesians 1:3).
8. The salt of the earth and the light of the world (Matthew 5:13-14; 1 Thessalonians 5:5)
9. Jesus’ friend – if you obey His commands (John 15:14-15).
10. The temple of God (1 Corinthians 3:17).
11. Belong to Christ (1 Corinthians 3:23).
12. Complete in him (Colossians 2:10).
The list is not exhaustive. Know who you are and walk accordingly.
If you are not born again, you need to give your life to Jesus now. I urge you to take the following steps: *Admit that you are a sinner and you cannot save yourself and repent of your sins. *Confess Jesus as your Lord and Saviour. *Renounce your past way of life – your relationship with the devil and his works. *Invite Jesus into your life. *As a mark of seriousness to mature in the faith, start attending a Bible-believing and Bible-teaching church. There they will teach you how to grow in the Kingdom of God.
Kindly say this prayer now: O Lord God, I come unto You today. I know I am a sinner and I cannot save myself. I believe that Jesus is the Son of God who died on the cross to save me and God raised Him on the third day. I repent of my sins and confess Jesus as my Lord and Saviour. I surrender my life to Jesus now and invite Him into my heart. By this prayer, I know I am saved. Thank You, Jesus, for saving me and making me a child of God.
I believe you have said this prayer from your heart. Congratulations! You will need to join a Bible-believing and Bible-teaching church in your area where they will teach you how to live your new life in Christ Jesus. I pray that you flourish like a palm tree and grow like a cedar of Lebanon. May you grow into Christ in all things and become all God wants you to be. I will be glad to hear from you. The Lord be with you.
PRAYER POINTS: Father, I thank you that I am Your child. My self-worth is rooted in you, not in my success or failure. In the name of Jesus, I shall not live below or contrary to who I am in Christ. I shall not go about looking for people’s approval or get worried by people’s disapproval or anyone’s low estimation of me. Holy Spirit, help me not to disappoint God’s expectation of me in Christ Jesus.
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T. O. Banso is the President of Cedar Ministry International, Abuja, Nigeria.
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