‘Who are you?’ and ‘Who do you think you are?’ are two sentences that may sound similar, but have vastly different meanings. I find that a lot of times in my life there are discrepancies between who I am and who I think I am, which can sometimes get me in trouble. Like when I think I’m in charge when I’m really not or when I think I’m great at something that I really suck at.
Abraham and Sarah were two people who had to live in between these two statements for years. Genesis 17 details God’s promise to Abraham, saying:
“…I have made you the father of a multitude of nations. I will make you exceedingly fruitful, and I will make you into nations, and kings shall come from you. And I will establish my covenant between me and you and your offspring after you throughout their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and to your offspring after you.”
At this point in the story, Abraham has 1 son, that doesn’t seem very promising for making nations. In this same chapter, God goes on to say that Sarah would bear a child in the next year. This brings Abraham up to a grand total of 2 children, a far cry from a multitude. Yet, they both had faith in God’s promise.
God said to Abraham “You are a father of a multitude”. Abraham then had to choose between believing who God said he was or who he (Abraham) thought he was. God called Sarah a mother, yet she had to make the choice to believe God’s word over her own opinion of herself.
It takes a great deal of faith to believe that you are who God says you are. For the month of October I’m going to be focusing on who we are in Christ. I’m going to be looking into who God says I am because I don’t want to continue having those discrepancies with who I am and who I think I am. I pray that this will be an encouraging and life-changing month for all of us.
Join me on this journey of learning who we are in Christ.
Great thoughts, and yes, the difference in those two questions can be very significant! I look forward to seeing what else you have to say on the matter.