Identity – the questions

question-mark-1236555-639x554Who am I?  It’s one of the most basic human questions.  We struggle with who we are – what our identity is.  Am I smart?  Am I pretty?  Am I worthy?  We have lots of questions – ones that drive at who we really are.  Many of these questions are to ourselves – what do we think.  Many of these questions are really to God – doubting who we are and if we have value.

Part of growing up is figuring out who we and what we want to do with our lives.  Childhood often gives us time to think in ways that adults struggle with.  Our bodies are changing, our moods are changing, our likes and dislikes.  As we mature these things naturally change – in some ways we grow into ourselves.  We try new music, dress differently, get interested in different things, watch different shows, etc.  It’s the age old struggle with who we are – only compounded now by things like picking a college major.

But we also live in a fallen world – a broken one.  These questions aren’t just finding out what we like and dislike – but question our very identity and worth.  We don’t just live in a broken world – we are saturated with it.  From the moment we are born to the moment we die we live with the brokenness that sin causes.

Paul writes (in Romans 8) “20 Against its will, all creation was subjected to God’s curse. But with eager hope, 21 the creation looks forward to the day when it will join God’s children in glorious freedom from death and decay.”  I believe that the very world we live in is very broken by the effects of sin – from that first sin in the garden to our everyday choices.  We know there is wickedness in the world – but we forget that the world itself is cursed with the affect of sin.  Our thinking is clouded by living in this brokenness – so that it’s hard to see and understand who we can be.

Those doubts about who we are – about what we can really do – put us in good company.  Listen to Moses responding to God’s call to him (in Exodus 3): 11 But Moses protested to God, “Who am I to appear before Pharaoh? Who am I to lead the people of Israel out of Egypt?”

 

 

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