You may be in a position today where you’re questioning who you are. You’re searching for an identity. You want to leave a legacy and do something worth while, but you don’t know who you are and you don’t know where to start. You probably clicked on this link because you’re curious about what someone would have to say about uncovering you’re identity. I’m glad you’re searching.
First of all. God can’t be left out of the equation when you’re looking for the purpose behind your life, and here’s why: Without God, you have no purpose. Nothing truly great will ever be accomplished without God, your life is meaningless without God, and there are no answers without God. You cannot negotiate with this reality. Because if God does not exist, then you find yourself living in a world without truth where everything is subjective. There is no right or wrong, no black or white, no good or evil. Yet deep down, we know that truth exists, and our souls cry out for it. We demand truth, and we search to find that someone (or something) has set truth in our hearts and we experience part of this in our conscience. We have a sense of justice and right and wrong instilled into us by God. So if God does exist (and He does), and He brought you into existence for His glory, then you owe Him your life because He created it. It is God that defines right and wrong, black and white, good and evil. Once you understand this, then you have a foundation for uncovering who you are. There is truth. There is God. Your life has a purpose.
The next thing to grasp is who you are in the sight of this God. This is where your purpose begins to be established. I already mentioned that if you believe in God, then you must believe that He created you because He wanted to bring Himself glory. It seems unlikely and strange that He would create you to bring Himself constant grief and torture. No. He created you as the prime of His creation and wishes to delight Himself as the result of your existence when you glorify Him. Hold on to that last statement because it’s important.
Nehemiah 8:9 “And Nehemiah, who was the governor, and Ezra the priest and scribe, and the Levites who taught the people said to all the people, “This day is holy to the Lord your God; do not mourn or weep.”
In the book of Nehemiah, we see that the city of Jerusalem has been restored and the walls that were broken down by it’s enemies have been rebuilt as the result of many miracles orchestrated by God. Nehemiah and Ezra the priest gather the people together and begin to read the Word of God to everyone in the city. As they are reading through the Word, the people begin to grasp who they are as sinners before a holy God, and begin to weep. You see, these people were beginning to understand just how far they had flown shy of God’s standards. This is the start of something beautiful. And it gets better.
Nehemiah 8:12 “And all the people went their way to eat and drink and to send portions and make great rejoicing, because they had understood words that were declared to them.”
Once you begin to understand who you are in the sight of a holy God, you begin to understand your desperate position. Even after your conversion to Christianity, you need a proper grasp of just how far you’ve missed the mark. The more you understand your own sinfulness, the more you realize how dependent you are on God, the more you understand God’s mercy and grace towards a sinner such as yourself. THIS IS IMPORTANT FOR DISCOVERING YOUR PURPOSE. After all, thats what you’re looking for, and this is where the beauty of the gospel comes in. So you’re a sinner, you could never earn your own salvation through works, but by God’s grace and mercy, and by the blood of His son Jesus Christ that was shed on the cross for you, you’ve been justified, should you choose to accept it. Take a moment to think about this:
Jesus is praying in the garden the night that He’s going to be taken away to be whipped, and beaten to the point that He’s unrecognizable, and finally nailed to a cross. All for You. This is His moment. But He dreads it. Not just the crucifixion that is to come, but the fact that He is about to take on the sin of murderers, rapists, liars, thieves and everything in between, and the sins of you and I. He digs His fingers in the dirt and cries out to God with blood running down his forehead between His eyes. He dreads what is to come, He asks for the task to be excused from Him, but He’s willing to do it if it’s the will of God. And it is. And it is for you.
Understand that this is the most monumental act performed in the history of mankind. Every wrong committed by you in the past, present, and future are charged not against you, but against a perfect man. And He took the cup of your sin, and drank it to the last drop- hating ever moment of it, but doing out of a love that escapes definition.
Knowing this changes everything for us. For God to love you so much that He would sacrifice to the extent that He has, must mean that you are truly worth just that much to Him. God is no fool. He didn’t make a mistake when He died for you. And because He loves this much, would He forget about you? Would He exclude you from His great plans? Absolutely not. Once you are able to grasp who you are, and what Christ has done for you, this will change your life. You will begin to find your value in the fact that the God of the universe values you that much. And he plans to do great things through you for His glory. And as you glorify God with your life, He delights in your very existence as the result of the glory you bring Him. This is incredible. The answers to who you are and why you’re hear, is found at the cross.