Recently, I decided to give a non-scientific survey of a small sampling of people and ask a very simple question: “Who are you?”. The answers ranged from what a person’s name was to what a person did for a living. I asked the question because I dare say, most people have no idea who they are! They know their name, they know what they do for a living, they know their role in the home and they know their nationality but, they don’t know who they are. Let me explain by asking you the same question. Who are “you”?
I am referring to the “you” who says things like: “this is my hand” or, these are my eyes or more emphatically, this is my body and my mind. Well, if these things are “yours” and they belong to “you”, then, who are “you”? “You” are obviously not these things because you claim them as your property. If your body is “yours” and it belongs to “you”, then, who are “you”?
Listen to this passage of scripture…
I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.
God is being praised because the psalmist recognizes the wonderfully, fabulous way he was made. He is giving honor to God for creating him in such a spectacular fashion! But, how was he made? Take a look at this very familiar passage of scripture…
And God said , Let us make man in our image , after our likeness : and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea , and over the fowl of the air , and over the cattle , and over all the earth , and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
According to this, man was created in the “image” and “likeness” of God and, not only that, but man was also given at the same time the authority to rule this planet and everything in/on it! So, my understanding of his passage is that God created us in His “image” which means we are created with the same attributes and qualities as God, and we were created in His “likeness” which means we have the same capabilities as God. Great! But there is one more question to ask: Who is God? We look like Him and have power like Him, so we must know and understand who He is before we can grasp in the slightest who we are! Take a look at this last passage for this sharing message…
God is a Spirit : and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
Ok, now we are getting somewhere! If God is “spirit” and we were made in His image, then, we too are spirit! Now, because we are spirit, we have the ability to do things “like” Him; hence, we are created in His likeness.
Therefore, we are spirit beings endowed with the attributes and abilities of God. We are NOT God! But, we are like God. So, when I ask the question, who are “you”? You must think about who you are from the spiritual perspective because spirit is what you are! “You” live in your body. “You” think with your mind. “You” exist in this physical world through the vehicle of the physical form. But the physical form and existence is NOT “you”!
You may be named “Tony”, but who are “you”? You may be someones’ father or mother, but who are “you”? You may work as an engineer or a public servant, but who are “you”?
Once you discover the real and spiritual “you”, the door will be open for you to become everything you are capable of but up to now have not realized. I leave you with the question… Who Are “You”?