Identity Part 1
It is all about a search for identity in today’s world, a quest for one’s own truth, at least that’s what we call it, living our own truth. Finding identity means different things to different people. Some say it is given, some say it is what you choose for it to be and some also say it is something you discover. According to Webster, Identity is the distinguishing character or personality of an individual, it also means the sameness of essential or generic character in different instances. This I think is very profound, displaying the same character or being the same at the core in different situations and circumstances. So, when we talk about Identity, the question we are really asking ourselves is who are we? More importantly who should we be because a lot of things can offer their identity to us, or encourage us to define ourselves this way or that way. You could also ask that question to someone so as to get their perception of you, but I would put a very big asterisk on that as many people have been imprisoned by other people’s perception of who they are and have never been able to live a life of confidence and self esteem. You can also ask yourself that question in order to understand and come to terms with your current reality or circumstance and that as well we need to be careful with, as we must never let whatever it is we are going through to permanently dictate what we should be, our desires, our experiences, our own perception of ourselves cannot be relied upon to give us true identity. Who or what then is the true source of our Identity?
This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord: “Go down to the potter’s house, and there I will give you my message.” So I went down to the potter’s house, and I saw him working at the wheel. But the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands; so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him. Then the word of the Lord came to me. He said, “Can I not do with you, Israel, as this potter does?” declares the Lord. “Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand, Israel….Jeremiah 18:1-6 NIV
I like for you to focus on what God is saying to the nation of Israel here and I believe this also applies to us, he is the potter and we are the clay and what we end up becoming is what he decides that we become, in other words, God is the one who determines our identity, he shapes us as he sees fit and best. The potter clay relationship brings up two important points, one is that God given identity is deliberate and well thought out. We were made in God’s image and likeness and even before we were ushered into this world, God’s plan and purpose for us was set, our identity was set. the second thing that it brings up is that we are very moldable and this makes us susceptible to identity suggestions from the devil, from our desires, our self perception and others. Unfortunately in our world today, we have allowed other things to break us away from the truth of God’s plan and purpose for our lives, the truth that it is through God we get our identity. Now we have reversed the equation in a way trying to find an identity outside of what God has given us.
You turn things upside down,
as if the potter were thought to be like the clay!
Shall what is formed say to the one who formed it,
“You did not make me”?
Can the pot say to the potter,
“You know nothing”? …………..Isaiah 29:16 NIV
The devil altered Eve’s identity by suggesting what God made her wasn’t enough and there was more – Genesis 3:1-5
The children of Israel had a very defeatist perception of themselves and saw themselves as incapable of possessing what God said they could possess – Numbers 13:31-33
The women in Solomon’s life ultimately steered his heart away from God and led him to worship other gods – 1st Kings 11:1-6
No wonder the bible tells us to guard our hearts with diligence, we cannot afford to let certain messages and ideologies sip in and start to form a mindset in our lives, we are not our own, we belong to someone and that someone determines what we are, who we are and who we will be.
TO BE CONTINUED…