Who Are You?

Have you ever wondered why you are…well, you? Worse, have you ever wished that you were not you? That you didn’t look the way you do, live the life you’re in, and have your faults and failures? Have you ever felt that you are nothing, pointless, disappointing?

If so, it hurts. A lot! It’s the kind of pain that haunts you in moments of loneliness and stabs your heart in the dark of night. And yet, as much as you long to be someone else, you’re still you.

If you know those voices of doubt and self-hate, there is something you must know: those voices lie. You are not a worthless waste. You are not pathetic.

Then what—who—are you?

Well, this may seem self-contradictory, but you won’t find the answer by examining yourself. You won’t find yourself in social labels, popularity, status, capabilities, or wealth. How do you find yourself then?

Who are you?

When I was lost, I found myself in my Father. He is where to look, what to seek, to find the truth. Not your worldly father, but your Creator. He is the breath that began life. He is the voice that ignited the stars and shaped the planets. He is the author of the universe’s intricate design [1]. He is the sustainer and victor [2], holding all creation in His palm. He is the way, the truth, and the life [3].

That’s who He is, but who are you to Him?

You are His incredible work of art [4]. Does an artist not care of his wonderful work? Does he not delight in his craft? You are His masterpiece, and He delights in you[5]!

You are His beloved. He loved you enough to suffer and conquer death, the punishment of man’s fallen nature, to redeem you into eternal life[6]. I want you to get this one—really to understand the significance. That Creator I mentioned earlier? The Star-Forger, The Omnipotent and Omniscient God, the sustainer of life Who rules over all reality? He loves you…not just the general, collective group of Christians, but you specifically. As C. S. Lewis said, “He died not for men, but for each man. If each man had been the only man made, He would have done no less.” So, you…yes, you…are loved, personally, by the King of all things, unconditionally and unfathomably. You cannot earn His love, only receive it [7]. Is that not encouraging? Forget the labels you place on yourself. Stop thinking you’re pathetic. You. Are. Loved!

He calls you to be His child [8]. Not a servant or slave to religious law [9], but a son or daughter. As any good parent favors their child, so He wants to favor and bless you [10]! This means you are called to personal intimacy with Him, not by earning your way to Him through performance but by simply choosing it[11]. His hand is stretched out to you; you need only take it. Turn to Him and He will robe and embrace and kiss you with His fatherly love (do yourself a favor and read the story of the prodigal son in Luke 15:11-32). Seek Him, oh child; call to your Father, and you will discover a life of wonder[12].

Are you starting to see who you are? You are fearfully and wonderfully made. You are loved by the One whose love matters most. You are His precious child.

This is just a glimpse at finding your identity in Christ. The journey is one you must take yourself. But I assure you, if you choose it, He will be with you every step of the way, and it will be oh-so-very worth it. Let go of all the doubt, for you are worthy (Jesus paid the price for your unworthiness, remember), and take hold of Him. Hear His gentle, whispering call, and whisper back. Seek Him to find yourself and so much more!

[1] – Colossians 1:16; Genesis 1

[2] – Colossians 1:17; Job 38:33-37

[3] – John 14:6

[4] – Psalm 139:13-14

[5] – Psalm 18:19

[6] – John 3:16; Romans 5:8

[7] – Romans 8:39; Acts 8:20

[8] – 2 Corinthians 6:18; Galatians 4:7; John 1:12

[9] – Romans 8:2; Matthew 5:17

[10] – John 10:10; Psalm 30:5; Matthew 6:31-33; Luke 11:11

[11] – Ephesians 2:8-9

[12] – James 4:8; Matthew 6:33


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