I am so glad to touch on identity issue on my first blog, mainly because this is a birthing period of this work. I do treasure it as appropriate to start by valuing the impact of identity in our lives. Identity is the foundation of almost every matter.
As we all know that when a baby is born, one thing that is distinctively done is to give the baby a name – identity. The baby is supposed to be identified a separate individual or entity from the beginning. As the news spread, and customary upon arrival and welcoming the new arrival people involuntarily ask, ‘’what is the name of the baby’’. Everyone has identity. And identity is there to serve a purpose.
Identity comes in different shapes, profiles, characteristics or nature. All that, still self-identity and collective identity are the main forms of titles.
What the full name (first + family name) denotes is a self-identity.
What the name of a place or group denotes is a collective identity.
My attention is on self-identity. The notion of self-identity is the awareness of one’s own identity as an individual. This goes beyond identity as per name, colour or height as shown or printed on the passport. I would like to address identity as the true person living beyond that name printed on the birth certificate. This is not to deny that a person’s name is not true identity. Besides personal signature there are qualities, personalities or expressions that are seen or unseen, since identity is both intrinsic and extrinsic, collectively pointing to what defines an individual as a person. The bible teaches us more about identity.
It is also known that there are many names of God; derived from the attributes of God. They are derived from God’s attributes because the resulting form is the main reason. Therefore, behind the name there is the resulting form that will cause one’s identity being easily identified from others. There are many who bear your name in the world, and who you are as an individual will separate you from your namesake or name-mate. Likewise God’s names do separate the true living God from other gods.
To name a few; I believed these names serve to honour God because of who He is – identity.
Some call him Jehovah-Jireh [Hebrew—meaning: ‘’The Lord will provide’’ — Gen. 22:14].
Some call him Jehovah- M’Kaddesh [Hebrew—meaning: “The Lord Who Sanctifies You” – Leviticus 20:7-8].
Some call him Jehovah-Nissi [Hebrew—meaning “The LORD our Banner” — Exodus 17:8-15].
Some call him Jehovah-Ra’ah [Hebrew—meaning “The Lord is my Shepherd” — Psa. 23:1] .
Some call him Jehovah-Rapha [Hebrew:—meaning “The Lord that Healeth” — Exodus 15:26].
Some call him Jehovah-Tsidkenu [meaning “The Lord our Righteousness” – Jeremiah 23:5-6].
Arguably, no name can accurately express the bounteous character and nature of God. Nonetheless, at some point in life we have been truly blessed and got overwhelmed that we coincidently penned down a name even in our hearts. Through such enthusiasm we end up with a name that gloriously testifies the power of God in our lives. When the good plans of God knocks at your door, when his plans, not to harm, do you favour giving you hope and future. It gives us deep revelation on who is God. Magnificence! Glorious!
Many more names are expressed/verbalised/framed in awe of God’s splendour. Blessed is His name.
His identity has single-mindedness.
His identity has determination.
His identity has will-power.
His identity has resolution.
His identity has purpose.
His identity has vision.
His identity is HOLY.
This is the type of identity that carries us through. This is the identity that enables us to be saved so that we may live a purposeful life. Therefore your identity is not based on who people say that you are, but who you are in God’s eyes.
When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?” They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets”. “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven. And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” – Matthew 16: 13–19
Be comfortable in your own (TRUE) identity knowing that in and through Christ nothing is regrettable or disappointing.
It’s just a reminder that God has the original true version of your brand name, which is the principal identity wherever you go. If some says … and it doesn’t relate to God’s prescription don’t take that fake identity to be yours.
Hear who God sees,
Speak who God sees,
See who God sees,
Believe who God sees
and LIVE who God sees.
Wherever you go, shine your light big or small. Be the person who stands out in that area of specialism.
Jesus was referred as The Man of Galilee. The ministry of Jesus was popular in this region, many important stories happened in Galilee, performing mighty works.
His disciples were also called the men of Galilee because they were followers of Jesus. Galilee was central to the lives of Jesus and his disciples and some remarkable miracles were performed there.
Just like Galilee, you can also be a hometown for somebody’s revival. May your identity bring forth something good for your children, family, community and nation at large. That little light will do mighty works, just one step at a time you will be there. Don’t give up; you are created in the image of God. Hence, you are somebody is someone’s life, as much as in the eyes of God.
Copyright! Identity is your copyright – it gives you lawful ownership.
You are a powerful official document that has exclusive rights. You are a fashionable high class domain with selected DNA mechanism that cannot be whosoever I AM – believing in whosoever – following whosoever – worshiping whosoever – doing whatsoever. ‘Whatever’ is not an appropriate identity attitude. To some degree we are not of any kind. You are a specific individual with specific abilities for specific mandate.