Who Am I?


          In what I think was one of the funniest commercials of all time, a quarterback dropped back to throw a pass and got hammered to the ground.  A coach ran over to him and asked, “Where are you?”  The player replied, “I’m in New York.”  Coach asked, “Who am I?”  “You’re Coach,” he said.  Then the coach asked, “Who are you?”  And with superhero-slanted eyebrows, the QB stated boldly, “I’m Batman!”  He knew some things, but had no idea who he really was.  This is the case with many people in the world.  While most people don’t believe they are the Caped Crusader decked in black, they are at a loss when they try to answer the age-old question, “Who am I?”  God wishes all people knew some of the following things about who they really are. 

            Who are you?  You are God’s creation.  “Then God said, ‘Let us make man in our image, after our likeness’” (Gen 1:26).  You did not come into existence when two molecules appeared out of nothingness and collided.  You did not evolve from a single-celled organism over millions of years to become the complex being you are today.  A loving, all-powerful Father deliberately made you!

            Who are you?  If you are old enough to reason, and have the mental capabilities to comprehend right from wrong, you are a sinner.  “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God…” (Rom 3:23).  “If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us (I John 1:8).  We are ALL sinners!  And the Bible tells us that “the wages of sin is death” (Rom 6:23).  This is a demoralizing fact, but there is marvelous hope.

            Who are you?  You are someone whom God wishes to save!  “The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance” (II Peter 3:9).  We can take great comfort in the fact that Jesus said, “I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance" (Luke 5:32).  You are important to God; so important, in fact, that He gave His only Son for you so that you might be with Him in heaven one day.

            Do you know who you are?  God does…and He loves you anyway.  Why not turn to Him in faithful obedience (Acts 2:41; 47).

----Darrell Powell