Written by Sam Lisak / December 2017
Who are you? This is one of the weirdest questions you can be asked, and one of the hardest to answer. You can take any number of different paths on this question. You can describe where you are from, different things you like to do, or simply just your name and leave it at that. In college, I get this question in a variety of ways.
The first week is a bombardment of the most awkward encounters ever as I usually have to announce my name, where I’m from, and a fun fact that’s almost never fun to the rest of the class. After the stress of figuring out your fun fact, the whole process is over and the topic is rarely revisited. In some of my classes now, we have to give mock job interviews or speeches on who we are and why we’d be a valuable asset to the company.
When asked this question common responses for me are a student or a part-time worker, but rarely do I think of responding as being a Christian. While all the other descriptions of me have value in their own sense, my identity as a Christian is the most important.
Who I am to God is most important. We can look at numerous passages to see who we are in God’s eyes.
Romans 3:23, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
Psalm 51:5, “Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin my mother conceived me.”
Proverbs 20:9, “Who can say ‘I have made my heart clean, I am pure from my sin’?”
Ecclesiastes 7:20, “For there is not a just man on earth who does good and does not sin.”
Isaiah 64:6, “But we are all like an unclean thing, And all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags; We all fade as a leaf, And our iniquities, like the wind, Have taken us away.”
Looking at the Ten Commandments God has given us we can see just how God should view us. We have disobeyed him countless times. Any human being would look on such people with ultimate disdain and be unable to forgive any of crimes. Thankfully for us, God is not a sinful human being, but a merciful God who sent His Son to save us from our many sins. We can look again at the Bible to tell us who we are:
1 Peter 2:9, “But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;”
Hebrews 10:10, “By that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.”
Isaiah 44:22, “I have blotted out, like a thick cloud, your transgressions, And like a cloud, your sins. Return to Me, for I have redeemed you.”
Ephesians 2:19, “Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God,”
There are countless other examples throughout the Bible telling us that though we are very sinful, God has forgiven us. In His eyes, we are perfect. So when situations arise when you find yourself questioning who you are in regards to school or a job or just in general, remember that although we may not have the answer to those questions, we have the answer to who we are in God’s eyes. We are saved.