Identity is an interesting thing. When travelling to another country your name, birthplace, legal standing and the documentation to prove these facts is all important. On the other hand, when travelling down the street, rarely do people take an interest in our existence beyond ensuring you don’t collide with one another. Yet despite the vast difference in each of these situations, neither is really concerned with who we are. Who we truly are is not defined exclusively by what we have done, what space we occupy, or even by what name we go by – although they play a part – and yet when we look in the mirror these are the things we often evaluate ourselves on. The jobs we have, achievements we’ve made, how much weight we have gained or lost, is too often our answer to the question “who am I?” Although these various things help label our place and position in society (or state of physical health), none of them really gets at the crux of defining who you or I are. Genesis 1 and 2 tells us that humankind was created in the image of God to fill and care for creation. The Apostle Peter echoes this when telling the churches of Asia Minor they are “a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, to declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” Although neither of these truths will replace a lost passport at a border crossing or be a good excuse if you bash into someone walking on the street, when we live in the truth that we are created by God and called to declare his praise, we will see something entirely different when looking in the mirror. Who am I? Who are we? You and are God’s holy people, called, and capable, to declare his praise!

 

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