To know itself
“Who am I?” is a question we ask ourselves, and we wonder if others ask the same question to understand what we are. Because, starting from who you are, you will come to know what you have, and your behavior will be in accordance with what you are, just like John the Baptist. People came from afar just to ask him what he was; he didn’t even care about what he was doing, but they simply wanted to know who Jean was (Luke 3:15).
John the Baptist’s response was, “I am the voice of one crying out in the wilderness.” He wanted to clarify because these people appreciated him and came from afar just to listen to him, and they wondered who he truly was. Sometimes you may underestimate yourself, but people from afar envy you and even seek to know what you truly are. Samson said to Delilah, “If only a razor passes over my head, I will be like any other man” (Judges 16:17).
So, as he walked, he knew he was not an ordinary man, for he was the liberator, and he knew that what made him not an ordinary man was nothing other than his hair. Here, we understand that Samson, before physically striking the Philistines, had already struck them psychologically, by saying to himself that as long as his hair was not cut, no one could defeat him. Because the assurance of his victory was linked to his identity. His hair symbolized the presence of God, which gave him the strength to overcome all the battles that could come before him.
Starting from this, we can declare that as long as the Lord walks with me, no one can defeat me. Capable, but because they do not know what they are, they walk with the thought, “we are like everyone else,” and they trample on the uniqueness that God has placed within them, forgetting that what makes a person strong is their uniqueness, that is, their ability to do what others cannot do. Sometimes, it is disturbing when the Bible says, “I have seen slaves on horses, and princes walking on the earth like slaves” (Ecclesiastes 10:7). What a paradox?
However, riding on a horse indicates a position of authority, superiority, glory, and honor. Like Mordecai, whom the king honored by dressing him in royal robes and putting him on a horse… And Adam, the first son of God (Luke 3:38), received from his Father the blessing to “have dominion, to subdue…” (Genesis 1:26). We must understand that in God, we are princes, and our Father (the King of kings) wants us to truly walk as the princes we are. But to do that, we must become aware of who we are because if we do not become aware, we will be like anyone else. This means that as I am a prince, my place is on the horse, and this should be etched in our minds. Starting from this idea, the question we ask you is, “Who are you, and what place do you occupy?”
Today, due to erroneous teachings, instead of defining themselves based on who they are, Christians are beginning to define themselves based on the situation they find themselves in or what is happening to them… Even when God came to each person in the Bible, He awakened their consciousness to enable them to know what they are to accomplish their mission.
“To Gideon, He said, ‘mighty hero’; to Jeremiah, He said significant things in Jeremiah 1:5… All of this was meant to make them aware of what they are…
This text is an excerpt from the book “Know Yourself to Discover Your Vision” written by Chadrack M. MAPENDA.