Who are We?
The ‘Who am I?’ question creates a canyon between the problem and its answer. The problem may start with personality, trauma, adverse childhood experiences, mountaintop experiences, societally approved careers, socioeconomic status, spiritual beliefs, marital status, and other social or culturally defined identities.
The answer may vary as much as the person asking the question. Moses asked this question of God. Who am I that you would send me? Who are we that God would use us for his purposes? How can I learn to embrace foundational truths and learn to ‘just be’ in my created identity so that I can have this joy and abundant life? And, what is my created identity and why does that matter?
The created model is the only model that states that all humans are equal. Each person is created in the image of God and thereby has intrinsic value and worth based on their formed components: male and female.
It is important to remember that because of the Fall of Man and the awareness of The Knowledge of Good and Evil, the only way that we can KNOW who we are is to be in a relationship with the Creator. We are a representation of God. The enemy’s primary goal is to destroy the identity that repels him. Since he cannot kill the Creator, he goes after us, the created.
This relationship is hindered by life in a place that we were not meant to be, impacted by an evil out to steal, kill, and destroy. Unfortunately, those wounds and adverse experiences often keep us from the very intimacy needed for the knowing.
This distinction is important because society tells us we can determine our identity. The truth is that our identity is not what we feel, think, do, or desire. Our desires and experiences may be things we identify with or roles that we play, but from a created perspective are not identities but a false self, a distorted view from a fallen place.