Cracking the Identity Riddle (1)

WHO ARE YOU?
Now this is a question that many have struggled to answer for many years. It has even been a constant reoccurring dilemma for humanity. – many are existing without a clear sense of who they really are (Identity) and why exactly they are here (Purpose).

While this series is not predominantly about purpose, we will see as we go along that a good understanding of identity almost always reveals your Purpose and vice versa.

So who are you?

Before you attempt to answer that question, let us quickly note here that there is a significant difference between ‘WHO’ and ‘WHAT’. So there is such a concept as ‘who you are’ as well as ‘what you are’.

Let us distinguish… (going beyond the surface meanings of the words)

‘WHO’ is a question of Inherent Nature, Origin, Heritage, Purpose and Function (Your assignment)

“When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?
And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets.
He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am?
And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.
And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.” – (Mat. 16:13-17)

For emphasis: “Thou art the Christ (The Anointed One – talking about his inherent nature), the Son (positional heritage) of the living God (origin and source).” And Jesus later went on to establish his purpose and assignment on that premise.

‘WHAT’ on the other hand is a question of things and attributes that we acquire here on earth by virtue of the life we have lived thus far. Examples are achievements and possessions, titles and status, etc…

So when a man says “I am the managing director of XYZ Ltd”, he is simply referring to ‘what’ he is. – not who he is.
“I am the richest man in my country” is only telling you ‘what’ I am (in terms of financial attainment) – not who I am.
Even your name is (sometimes) not who you are. It’s merely a tag for addressing you.

To answer the question of ‘who you are’, you must first acknowledge your Inherent Nature and origin in God, your (spiritual) heritage and your purpose.

SOME KEY POINTS TO NOTE

‘WHAT’ is temporal and subject to change.
‘WHO’ is eternal and permanent.

‘WHAT’ is subjective. (It varies)
‘WHO’ is objective. (It’s constant)

Until you know who you are in God, it doesn’t really matter what you are; your life will be nothing more than a series of misguided adventures.

Do not be overly concerned about what you are (even though it is also important and has its place) that you forget WHO you are.

So again I ask, WHO ARE YOU?

…To be continued.

Peter Akhere
#WiVirt.

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