This sounds like a rather simple question yet many of us answer it incorrectly. For example I may give this answer: I am an author, a speaker, a preacher, a business owner, a counselor, a coach, a father, a husband, and a soccer player. Is that who I really am? No. I am describing what I do along with my various interests and passions but not who I am.
When God and angels look at me, they don’t see my occupation, interests, talents or wealth. They see who I am connected to and joined with. They see my spiritual genealogy not my physical one. They see my spiritual DNA not the physical. They see my soul’s affection and devotion. They see my spiritual blood not my mama’s blood. Who I am is directly connected to my relationship or lack thereof with my creator.
As much as I enjoy being a father, a husband and a speaker, when it’s all said and done, I leave it all behind. What I don’t leave behind are the lessons each soul and each circumstance has taught me in this journey. Those lessons leave an indelible mark on my soul and go with me to eternity.
Who I am is the part of me that I ought to protect and guard. It is the part that can get choked and entangled by the values and cravings of this world. The quest to possess the American dream can be in direct competition with God’s dream and purpose for me; if I allow it.
Earthly dreams are important to the extent that you rightly appropriate them to their proper place and position. Who I am is not about fulfilling the American dream however, in the process of fulfilling God’s dream, the American dream may also be realized. For example, Joseph never set out to be a prince in Egypt yet in fulfilling his divine calling and staying true to his spiritual identity, he also fulfilled the “Egyptian dream.”
Malcolm Forbes, the late publisher of Forbes magazine once said,”He who dies with the most toys wins.” Wins what? God’s approval or man’s applause? Malcolm’s words however capture the imaginations of many. If your identity is tied to your toys and the approval of men, you have poorly invested your life and time. Gaining the whole world while losing your soul in the process is a profitless venture.
When Christ asked His disciples this question,”Who do you say I am?” Some replied by describing a job title,”you are a prophet” But one of them got the answer right,”You are the Christ, the son of the living God.” It is good when others know who you are but it is even better when you discover who you are yourself.
Before your journey here on earth is over, knowing who you are is one of the most valuable and useful treasures one can discover. A lack of this knowledge will leave you feeling empty, lost, discontent, dissatisfied and disconnected. The answer to your inner turmoil may just be this simple. Seek who you really are. According to Christ, “Anyone who seeks will find.” Are you ready?