“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; Before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations.” Jeremiah 1:5
Who Are You?
Most people don’t know who they really are.
When asked this question they would tell you their name and that’s appropriate because your name is a part of your identity. Then depending upon their culture they would divulge other information. In western society people would give you their vocation or occupation. In eastern and native cultures people tend to answer by describing where and who they are from. All these things are important, but they really don’t express the real you.
Your name is important because originally it was used to describe your nature. In ancient Hebrew culture it was customary to name the male child after 8 days and the female child at the next religious service where the scriptures were read.
During the waiting period careful consideration was given as the name would uniquely identify the child in their community. They sought God and then they picked a name that resonated in their core. Most often that name would prophesy the child’s destiny. Today however, many parents don’t name their children with their children in mind, they name them according to their own character or desire. When this occurs their name is disconnected from their purpose. Subsequently their name, the thing intended to give them their identity, becomes the thing that cloaks it.
Your identity is important as it is a the first part of you purpose.
Your purpose is tripartite. To get the full understanding of God’s purpose for you, you need to be intimately aware of all three aspects. Three is the number of completion. The complete picture of most things is found in a triune. The trinity – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – gives us the complete picture of God. Man is composed of spirit, soul, and body. Time is measured in hours, minutes and seconds. To know the exact location you need the longitude, latitude, and altitude. Are you getting the picture? Well to know your God ordained purpose you need to know your identity, your destiny, and your assignment.
God knows who you are as He created you in a specific way to answer a specific purpose.
In the above passage of scripture God gives Jeremiah his purpose. The first thing He did in the process was to recognize Jeremiah’s identity. He said, “I knew you…” That knowing was an intimate knowledge of Jeremiah’s identity. He knew Jeremiah’s strengths and weaknesses. His gifts and talents. His proclivities and passions. His core genius and his core fears. All these things made up Jeremiah’s identity and God knew them intimately before Jeremiah was even conceived.
It is important to know who you are, because if you don’t, you won’t know what you can do.
Eagles fly because they know they are eagles. As soon as an eagle identifies himself as a chicken, his flying days are over. Just as importantly, you won’t know what you can’t do until after failure becomes your teacher. I shutter the thought of a chicken on the edge of a cliff, who thinks he is an eagle. Also your identity lets you know whose backing you. Our identity in Christ gives us the backing of the scriptures and the heart and power of God.
In order to fully understand your identity it takes an MRI of the soul. To help you do this I encourage you to examine the following:
There are assessments for each, but one of the best programs that I have seen is the Identity & Destiny: 7 Steps to Discover Your Purpose by Tom and Pam Wolf. In the program there are assessments for each area listed above. Also there are assessments and processes to discover your destiny and assignment from God. I am a Life Purpose coach and I use this program when coaching and facilitating seminars.
I hope you enjoyed this post!