“But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.” – James 1:5
To know who you are, you must first know who you are not. Yesterday, we discussed how you are not your talents. The talents and gifts you have are from God. He gave them to you, and they are not your identity.
But that isn’t all; you are also NOT what they say about you. There are too many people living in this world right now who have fallen for the false belief that who they are is rooted in what others have said about them.
Whether it is someone who has praised them for their talents and abilities, their good looks, their material possessions, their popularity, or their power, none of these things defines who you are.
If you have let these things define your identity, it is likely you have fallen into a trap of listening to what others say about you. This can go both ways though. See, it’s not just the ones who hype you up, but the ones who tear you down also.
Some people have created an identity that says they aren’t good enough, aren’t pretty enough, aren’t athletic enough, aren’t popular enough, or aren’t rich enough. For them, their identity is simply that they “aren’t enough.”
It does not matter if they make you feel like a king or a peasant, what others say about you is NOT your identity. If you want to know who you are, ask God.
James 1:5 says, “But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.”
God can and will reveal who you are. But what others say you are is NOT your identity. It’s time to stop believing everything you hear. Stop placing your identity in the empty words of those around you.
Only God can tell you who you are, and who you are is HIS.