Who Are You?
August 28, 2015
“Jesus I know, Paul I know, but who are ye.” -Acts 19:15
Who are you? The answer to this question may seem as simple as the stating of one’s name. Or for others it may seem to reference our statuses in life: daughter, sister, confidant, professor, minister, believer, and so forth. Unconsciously we rattle off our names or occupations as sufficient responses to the seeming simplicity of this three-word question. The answer to who we are as believers is essential to the ministry we are able to carry out in this world.
Meditating on the fullness of this passage, which ranges from verses 13-16, we find just how critical it is for as ministers of Christ to know who we are and to operate in ministry from that knowing. Attempting to rest upon the knowledge or ministry of others and not our own identities may leave us shamed and ineffective in our service unto God.
Before Jesus began to walk in his final stages of his earthly purpose, he posed these two questions to his disciples. “Who do men say that I am?” and, “Whom say ye that I am?” The possessing of these questions reveals two things about Jesus’ character. First that he cared deeply about the impact that his personal ministry journey would have upon those closest to him. While we are called in to walk out individual faith relationships and commitment to God, it is impossible to deny that our journeys influence and impact those who are nearest and dearest to us.
Secondly, both questions reveal how well Jesus knew and understood for himself who he was. Before Peter states, “thou art the messiah,” Jesus’ disciples articulate three identities that others throughout the region have ascribed unto Jesus. However, Jesus demonstrates that he has effectively done the work for himself in understanding who he was so much so, that he is able to reject what others have said and affirm what the Holy Spirit has revealed even though Peter does not fully understand what being the messiah means.
There are many times in our lives where others will attempt to ascribe us identities, callings and purpose; some of the responses will be completely off, others will be the confirmations of what God has already revealed to us. However, if we have not invested the time discovering who we are and processing what God is calling us to do, we may find ourselves like those of times before (Abraham, Sarah, Moses, Jeremiah and many more) in denial and declaring to God who we are not or how we are incapable as opposed to living into who we absolutely are.
Dear God, may we each seek to know your unique fingerprint and calling upon our lives so that we may live fully and unto perfection our identities within the body of Christ. Amen.
Pastor Stephany Rose Spaulding
Ebenezer Baptist Church
Colorado Springs, Colorado