WHO AM I?
Success has an identity.
The most powerful, most successful individual ever known is the one who said “I Am, that I am”. The most successful and impactful person who ever lived is Jesus and in his own way, he said “I Am, that I am”. So it follows then a sound knowledge of who I am is important to being successful at anything I do.
The definition of success itself is incomplete without factoring in the uniqueness factor of the set objective based on the uniqueness of the individual. My success is not relative to anyone other than myself because what I set out to accomplish is different from what another person did and even if our tasks are the same, our objectives for pursuing the same task is usually very different.
Personally, I believe that success is not a destination or a certain situation, usually thought to be financial, but rather it is a journey, a process and a progress. You do not really get to a certain point in life when you can go I have become successful because I have this and that and I have done this and that. Especially if you’ve been born again, you’re like God! Everyman is like God, it’s just that it’s only those who’ve been born again that have the power express that divinity in a consistent and impactful way as God intended. Now being like God, we cannot rest on our laurels and stop being productive and increasingly so. God hasn’t stopped, neither can we if we are to be truly successful like God is.
In spite of all that God has made and done so far, He is still Omnipotent [all potential]. Everything about God is in the potential. Whatever he has done before he says to forget, he wants to do a new thing that we would know and we would consider marvelous. God is always moving to greater things, so then the definition of success for me is the constant pursuit of my life’s purpose resulting in increasing productivity and impactful service.
Now, one of the key points then in order for me to truly succeed is to know for certain what my life’s purpose is about. If I don’t know what my reason for living is, I can’t fulfill that reason and so whatever I am doing, I may just be carrying out someone else’s task and at the end of the day, I won’t be rewarded for duplicating someone else’s work especially when I left mine undone. 1 Kings 20:39-40.
God said to me many years ago that each time He calls my name, what He sees is not what I am at the moment but I would be by the time I’m standing before Him at His physical throne in heaven. I know it’s the same for everyone else because God knows everything. He knows what you were born to do and how much of it you’ll get done or whether at all. I understand from the scriptures that God doesn’t just know us by name, He knows us also by our purpose which He intended and essentially, our various names are a representation of what we are and were meant to be as well who we are. Thus we find in the scriptures expressions like “Moses, the servant of God” Deuteronomy 34:5, Numbers 12:7; “Samuel, the seer” 2 Chronicles 29:29; “Jesus, the Christ” Matthew 16:20. Even we humans have a similar way of reacting to the names of people the only difference is we don’t know as much as God does.
Why do I need to know who I am?
Bringing up the subject of self discovery is very uncomfortable, especially when you start to think, “Must I?”, “Is it everyone that knows who they are?” “Why must I seek to be different?”
If you don’t stand out, you won’t be outstanding. When God made man He didn’t make us in copies. He made everyone of us unique which means we must stand out or face existence as a second rate version of the original. Of course there are general things that all of man is to enjoy. If we consider the intention of God for mankind in general, as you can find in the book of genesis chapter one, we are meant to be in charge of everything from the tiniest microorganisms to the largest human structures known.
Gen 1:28 And God blessed them and said to them, Be fruitful, multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it [using all its vast resources in the service of God and man]; and have dominion over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, and over every living creature that moves upon the earth.
The only time an inventor receives an award for his invention is when it does what it was meant to do. It follows then that if the God, the greatest inventor of all, is to receive praise from our lives we must do what we were each meant to do. A man is not considered an inventor if he creates something that is already in existence. It’s the same with God. Every human being alive is a product of a session of brainstorming, divine brain storming.
According to Jeremiah 1, Isaiah 45 (Cyrus was prophetically proclaimed 150 years before the fact as the emancipator of Israel from captivity the fulfillment of which is recorded in the book of Ezra) and Genesis 3, God foresees the problems ahead and packs the solution into a child, a person to be born at the right time. Now when the emancipation eventually came to be, God’s people didn’t praise Cyrus, they praised God as their emancipator. Psalm 126.
Moses was the prophesied deliverer from 430 years before the deliverance took place but when the deliverance took place, God’s people, again, didn’t praise Moses, they praised God. Exodus 15.
Jesus, the Christ, was planned from before the foundations of the Earth. If scientists are even remotely correct, the earth would be anywhere between 4 to 6 billion years old. And Jesus along with the rest of salvation plan and all this we now enjoy was planned a long way before that. And when Jesus finally showed up on the earth, it was the common thing when He spoke or performed a miracle, people would praise God and not Jesus himself. Luke 18:40-43
When I think about it, this is what it means to show forth God’s praises; doing what God wants us to do in a way that draws the attention of the recipients and the observers to God and that makes them say, “ God has been good to them which must mean that God is good.” In fact, Jesus at some point directly pointed the focus to the Father, giving the Father all the credit for all the amazing things that Jesus had been doing all that time. John 14:10.
Now imagine that any of these aforementioned failed in any way to carry out what God had predetermined for them to carry out, would there be any praise for God from the people who received those ministrations? Would we be here today, saved and loving it, giving praise to God for saving our souls and loving Him with our lives? No.
The early Apostles of Jesus did the same as Jesus did. Acts 3:12-16; 148-18.
Right here is one of the probably more popular ways to show forth God’s praises: destroying the works of the devil in the lives of people we encounter. Jesus put it this way, in Matthew 5:16, Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
Now it follows that if you and I are embodiments of solutions, we should not be the problems. Neither should we be experiencing problems.
What do I mean? Sickness is a problem, poverty is a problem, demonic oppression is a problem, sin is a problem, unemployment is a problem, broken families are problems, academic difficulties are problems, limitations of any sort are problems. In all of these other things that Jesus Christ was born to solve and the bible says as the father of sent him so he has sent us. And this is what he has sent us to do, to destroy the works of the devil. 1John 3:8. Acts 10:38. John 17: 1-8; 15:8. Here is another way we show forth God’s praises, not being limited by that which limits the rest of the world.
We only experience these problems when we forget who we are and we try to become someone or something else. (Psalm 119:67; 103:8-18). God doesn’t punish us with afflictions when we go astray, he chastises or rebukes (Hebrews 12:5-11). God doesn’t need sickness to chastise us. Sickness is in the flesh, God is Spirit, we are spirits so His chastisement for us is spiritual. He doesn’t chastise us by taking the anointing away (Romans 11:29, Matthew 7:22) nor by leaving us (Hebrews 13:5). How does He do it? 2 Timothy 3:16-17. Romans 2:4
Many of us are in love relationships. When your lover offends you, do you go all out to beat up the person just so he or she would know that he or she has done wrong? Definitely not, unless you do not wish to wed that person anyhow in which case you shouldn’t be in that relationship at all. What do you do instead? You have an open heart talk with the person and bring him into your understanding of the particular situation, all the while affirming your love for him or her. Even a argument is not recommended let alone a fist fight. Well, God is the great lover of all eternity and for now, we are engaged to Him. And a day will come when Jesus will return to pick us as His bride on to the wedding. Do you think then that Jesus would want to harm you with sickness and poverty and all other vices just to correct you? I stand to say that if you truly love a person, the mere awareness that you’ve brought him or her any pain is enough to cause you all the grief that is required to repent. So it is with us and God. God counts on the new nature He’s planted in us through Jesus Christ far more than we do. (Romans 8:15,16)Remember, He sees the heart.