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Who Are You?

Knowing Jesus gives you a whole new identity. You don’t carry your identity alone but you carry the identity of Jesus. You bring His name in your home, workplace, and wherever you go. You shine even when you do not speak about it. Shining in the world does not equate to being a star in the crowd. Sometimes, shining in the sense of being in Jesus is not fame or being in the spotlight. Sometimes, the majority does not favor you. Sometimes you are not preferred by others. You are not acknowledged. But, you can never be obscured. You cannot easily hide the characters of God when His spirit dwells in you. There is no hiding with God. You cannot hide His faithfulness and goodness and you cannot hide from Him as well.

When Prophet Jonah was asked by God to go to the great city of Nineveh, Jonah fled away from the presence of God by a ship to Tarshish (Jonah 1:1-3). But He was not able to escape from God’s presence. God is the Maker of the universe. He is in control of all things. Jonah could not hide from God no matter where He went. Even when Jonah stayed in the innermost part of the ship sleeping as the storm raged outside, he still could not hide (Jonah 1:5-6). He was found and the truth was revealed to all the frightened men in the ship. They discovered who Jonah truly was and His faith in the mighty God of the heavens and the earth.

You can run away from God like Jonah did but you are still you, the child of God He called you to be. You are still engraved on the palm of His hands (Isaiah 49:16). You are still the sheep He laid down His life for (John 10:11). You can run away from God but that is a futile effort. He knows where you are even when you go to the corners of the earth, fly to the highest heavens, and swim into the deepest ocean. He is still there. He is God and you are still His child. He does not easily give up on you. No matter how hard you try to run away from His love, His guidance, and His great plans for you, you will meet God in every corner you turn to even when you are unaware of it. No matter how hard you try to hide who you are as a child of God, eventually, God will send that mighty storm to break out your ship of self-sufficiency and independence and you will confess as Jonah did that you belong to Jesus!

“There is no creature that is hidden from his sight, but all things are naked and laid open before the eyes of him to whom we must give an account.” – Hebrew 4:13 (WEB)

Where could I go from your Spirit? Or where could I flee from your presence? If I ascend up into heaven, you are there. If I make my bed in Sheol, behold, you are there! If I take the wings of the dawn, and settle in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there your hand will lead me, and your right hand will hold me. If I say, ‘Surely the darkness will overwhelm me. The light around me will be night,even the darkness doesn’t hide from you, but the night shines as the day. The darkness is like light to you.” – Psalm 139:7-12 (WEB)

God sends a storm to reveal who you are. Like Jonah, there are times that we do not like what God is leading us to do in our life. We prefer to stay in the comfort zone and we like to stay in the place where we think is best for us. So, we run away from who we are meant to be and what we are meant to do as God leads us. In the process, we hide that real identity we have in Christ in the innermost part and let it just sleep inside us. We go our own way and change direction. We exchanged God’s perfect map with our own foolish and incomplete copy of map for life. Then, we start living a different life. Not the life God meant for us to live. Not the person God meant for us to be. For a time, it may seem well and good. But wait for God’s hand to shake you because His love for you is great and everlasting.

As God sent a great windstorm to shake off the ship where Jonah was, He also sends great storms in life so He could break away anything superfluous in us. The storms remind us who we are in God.

When the shipmaster and the men in the ship found Jonah, they asked him who he was (Jonah 1:7-8). And this is what Jonah answered.

“He said to them, ‘I am a Hebrew, and I fear Yahweh, the God of heaven, who has made the sea and the dry land.’” – Jonah 1:9 (WEB)

Who are you? When God sends the storm in your life, it is to open your eyes and understanding that your identity is deeply knitted in Him. May you be able to say and declare as Jonah did that you are God’s son or daughter who fears His name. God sends the storm to reveal who you are. You are God’s. The storm shakes you but it will not destroy you. It only lets you turn the course of your life and draw back to the original plan God has for you.

People may not directly ask who you are but they sense who you really are. Be able to stand without shame that you belong to Jesus. Be able to openly live out the identity you have in Christ. A transparent and honest identity. Jonah answered, without any qualms of who he truly was. He stated openly, courageously, and honestly about who he was among men who did not know the God of the Jews and amidst the great storm that was about to break the ship. When troubles arise and conflict ensues, stand firm in the faith and stay true to who you are in God. When you are surrounded by people who do not know about the Lord Jesus Christ or even when your own ship of comfort and direction is about to break apart, stand firm in who you are in Jesus. Stay true. Stay transparent. Stay honest in your faith. Don’t cower, don’t cringe, and refuse to hide your faith.

“For I am not ashamed of the Good News of Christ, because it is the power of God for salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first, and also for the Greek. For in it is revealed God’s righteousness from faith to faith. As it is written, ‘But the righteous shall live by faith.’” – Romans 1:16-17 (WEB)

Published by Deborah Agustin

A High School Teacher who loves to write.

16 thoughts on “Who Are You?

  1. Somehow this article has some strange lines, using the name Christ Jesus, though the article presents itself as talking about the God of the Jews Who is the God of the Bible and the Only One True God people should worship, The God Who is One Eternal God of clarity and Truth.

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    1. Ah yes. I know what you mean. Since the God of the Jews is not Jesus.

      But the Bible in the New Testament does not contradict the Old Testament. The Old Testament points to Jesus so I freely used the name of Jesus.

      But I get what you mean. Thank you for reading and for your time.

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      1. Yes Jesus ,whose real name is Jeshua ben Josef is a devout Palestinian Essene Jew and like you rightly say is the one promised by God and pointed out by the prophet Isaiah a.o. to be the one He promised in His Garden of Eden to bring an end to the curse of death.

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