“Know who you are and whose you are.” I remember my parents telling me that when I was younger. That quote has since been branded in my mind. When you say to yourself, “who I am and whose I am,” you may think, “Hmmmm… I’m John Doe, born in Anytown USA, born to my father, Jim Doe and mother, Jane Doe with two brothers a dog and a goldfish.” Generally speaking yes, but it’s a lot deeper than that. It all comes down to understanding your character and purpose which ultimately shapes your destiny.
Who are you? What is your reputation? How do people perceive you? How do you perceive yourself? Are you a man of your word? Are you generous? Are you deceitful? Are you honest? Are you a liar? Are the answers to those questions good or are they bad? Are you in denial of who you are? Are you ashamed of who you are? Do you even see or know your own potential? What is your vision for yourself? Knowing who you are involves answering these questions.
Knowing who you are involves introspection, the act of looking within oneself. A lot of times, that is not easy because it involves being completely honest with yourself. It’s being aware of your strengths, abilities, needs, preferences and weaknesses. Knowing who you are is not always about being comfortable in your own skin but being aware of how you are and where you are in life and also being aware of what you want to become. Your now is not permanent position unless you want it to be. We all mature at different times, and we all have different experiences. I’m not perfect and I don’t expect you to be but I do want you to recognize that we are all works in progress and we should strive to be better in some aspect of life everyday.
It’s okay not being a clone of someone else. Acceptance of your flaws and your differences sometimes hurts but is essential to forging your identity. Be an individual. Accentuate what makes you unique and extraordinary. Use your talents and gifts to your advantage and learn the skills that will improve and enhance your natural god given abilities. When you are good at what you do, your work will speak for itself and many times will afford many great opportunities. Tapping into “who” you are is essential to understanding your purpose. Hebrews 13:21 states “may he equip you with all you need for doing his will. May he produce in you, through the power of Jesus Christ, every good thing that is pleasing to him. All glory to him forever and ever! Amen.” Knowing who you are allows you to better understand God’s purpose for your life. For who he calls he does equip.
So just like God equipped great men in the bible such as Noah, Joseph, and Moses for specific purposes he will equip you with what you need to accomplish his will in your life. Embrace your identity and seek God so that you can understand your purpose. God has gifted everyone differently your specific purpose needs to be fulfilled during your lifetime. By accepting all of yourself, good and bad, you allow yourself to be open to your call and purpose. As Galatians 3:6 says, “You are all children of God through faith in Christ Jesus.” By recognizing who you are and whose you are it’s easier to understand your identity. Remember that God knew you before you were born. Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart…”(Jeremiah 1:5 NIV). You have been chosen for this time and this generation. You are here for a reason and you have all the tools inside you to accomplish your purpose. The Holy Spirit will direct you on how to use them.
It amazes me how we go to see all these superhero movies like Spiderman, Superman, X-Men, Fantastic Four, etc. and we are amazed at how the characters all have super powers yet are all completely different. Observing the super heroes, we always find that they are usually ordinary people with extraordinary abilities, they are trying to do good by others, and they are aware of their weaknesses and limitations and enemies. Doesn’t that sound familiar?
Look in the mirror. Your super powers are in you waiting for you to discover them. They are only unlocked when you recognize who you are and whose you are. God is your Father, he is the most powerful being that the world has ever and will ever know. He’s all knowing and all-powerful and you are his child. Isn’t that amazing? Do you realize who you are and whose your are? You inherit God’s power to do his will here on earth. Just imagine how he wants to use you for his glory and the impact you can have in your community and the world. He knows you have certain flaws, weaknesses and limitations, yet he still chooses to use you and anoint you according to his will and purpose.
As I grow older the statement “Know who you are and whose are” resonates with me even more. By understanding our character and purpose we truly shape our destinies. We, as children of God cannot lay dormant to our gifts, call, and purpose. Knowing who we are and whose we are ultimately unlocks the power in us to transform ourselves into better individuals. We are aware of our God given powers and our gifts, talents, and skills are then amplified to help, inspire, encourage, teach and share with our fellow man and communities. By understanding ourselves and our position to our maker and his purpose, our destinies are shaped into something wonderful.
As you fulfill your destiny the journey will be challenging as well as rewarding. Your life will become rich beyond measure in so many ways. You’re better than any superhero, you’re a child of God and he has your back and your victory is inevitable if you stay in him. Knowledge of yourself gives you wisdom of your true worth and in return provides you with unknown and unprecedented “super” powers to fight evil and ultimately save the world. So if you haven’t recognized who you are and whose you are, I encourage doing so. Life as you know it will never be the same. Get ready to fly.
Kaize Adams, Ph.D. is a singer/songwriter from Columbia, SC, who now resides in Greensboro, NC. He holds a Ph.D. in Industrial and Systems Engineering from North Carolina A&T State University and is also a recording artist on Durney Boy Records. His current project is entitled "Testimony" and he recently released a new single entitled "Glory." For more information on Dr. Adams, please visit www.kaizeadams.com.