There are many answers and very likely lots of them are true. You are the son or daughter of ‘so and so’. You are a man, woman, married, single, have children, no children, arty, musical, clever, practical - so the list goes on.
There are so many things that are different about each of us but we also have some common traits. We are all human. This covers a lot of ground. Our birth, our frailty, our fears, our flaws and mistakes, our hurt, our death.
Have you ever stopped to think why there are so many things we have in common?
The Bible explains the reason. God created us in the first place ‘in his image’. This among other things gives us the capacity to be creative, think and make choices. The first man, Adam, made a choice to disobey one of the simple commands of God and as a result ‘sin came into the world’. This brings us to another common feature of humanity, we are mortal. We are naturally wayward, the Bible calls it sin. Let’s be honest, we all know that we disobey the law to varying degrees. That’s mans law, but we also disobey God’s law as well. The effect of sin on a day to day basis is the hurt, pain, aging and mistakes mentioned earlier. The ultimate common effect of sin in all of our lives is death. Death is an awful thing. It separates us from our loved ones, it causes pain and brings dark days into our lives. BUT, death also is the defining moment which seals our eternal fate. What we have believed in this life cannot be changed after death. Death is the gateway to the next world which the Bible describes as being one of two places, heaven or hell. Heaven being a place of conscious enjoyment and bliss, hell of conscious regret and suffering.
So back to the question - who am I?
I am not just thinking of who you are as you see yourself. I am really interested if you have discovered that you are flawed and sinful. If you have made that sad but realistic discovery, I want you to be aware that there is a Saviour for sinners. The Bible says ‘Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners’. This will be the greatest discovery of your life. Sir James Simpson the discoverer of Chloroform when asked what his greatest discovery was, replied, to everyone’s surprise, my greatest discovery was that God loved me and sent His Son to die for me.
Have you discovered who you really are and what God wants to do for you through His, Son, Jesus. I am praying that you will!