Who am I in Christ? This is one of the most challenging questions any Christian will face as he or she grows in their faith. Our interests, occupation, personal style and lifestyle are all aspects of who we are; however, I have learned that our true essence really lies in the reward we receive from eagerly seeking Him.
Jesus told his disciples:
“If anyone desires to come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will save it” – Luke 9:23-24
When I got saved, the love I had experienced made me want to please God with every ounce of my being. Yet, as the revelations grew, it became more and more difficult. I later realized that although I had the right intentions, I was still trying to hold on to so many things.
Believe it or not, “finding oneself” involves trusting the Lord enough to let go of all that you perceive as yourself. We find our true Christ-centered selves when we surrender and allow the Lord to direct our path. His story for us has already been written – He tells us in Jeremiah 1:5 that He knew us before he formed us in the womb. Your story may have had more immediate gratification, different characters and “happier” experiences; but, the amazing thing is that the Lord’s path, though not always smooth, is the one that will eventually lead to the true fulfillment of your desires.
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart...- Jeremiah 29:11-13
So, if you are not clear about who you are in Christ, my advice would be to get deep into scripture to figure out how God’s Word applies to you. For a believer, this is usually the sum total of who you are and how you walk when the anointing is flowing the most. Sometimes this may be slightly altered at different stages of your life, however, the anointing is the key!
But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him. -1 John 2:27
Finally, keep reflecting and spending quality time with the Lord and he will reveal it to you. Yet, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that it is still very important to make sure you are also being fed and sowing as well.