Recently someone was praying for me and kept asking me, “You still do not know who you are?” To say this question greatly annoyed me would be an understatement. I kept saying to myself not to step into offence. This individual doesn’t know me well. She doesn’t know my story. She doesn’t know about all the years I’ve laboured for the kingdom, and she wasn’t saying it out of some kind of misguided way to offend me. But the question really upset me. I’ve been in church and in ministry long enough to know that if something like that really rubs you the wrong way, then maybe God is trying to get your attention. I was trying to get over it.
But then God got my attention, “Anna, she didn’t say, ‘you don’t know what your calling is’. She asked you, ‘if you knew who you ARE’.” Hearing the voice of the Holy Spirit resonate on the inside of me, stopped my annoyance in mid thought. There is a difference. God got my attention.
It is really easy when you know God has called you to do certain things to lose your definition of your identity in Christ. It can be easy to be so focused on what you feel God has called you, that you forget destiny is not an identity. Your identity has to be in Christ Jesus and what He says about you. It can’t be on what you will do for Him on the earth. I hope my transparency can be a good reminder for us all.
So what does God say about your identity in Him?
- You are a NEW creation (2 Corinth 5:17)
- You ARE His child (John 1:12)
- You ARE no longer a slave to sin (Romans 6:6)
- You ARE made in His image (Gen 1:27)
- You ARE accepted (Romans 15:7)
- You ARE loved (John 3:16)
- You ARE known to Him. He formed you for what you are called to do. (Jer 1:5)
As a younger believer, I remember feeling so much anxiousness about what God had called me. I remember feeling as if there was only so much time and I had to get everything done to get everywhere. But as I’ve matured more, I’ve realized that God’s timing is always perfect and I have to learn to rest in that. Don’t get me wrong, we have to do our part, but on the inside of us we must know who we ARE. We must rest in the peace of our identity in Him. I have often said that our lives begin to reflect that of a jagged rock in the middle of a stream. Over time that rock gets smoothed down, and over time the jagged parts slowly wear down. Dear believer, may we all focus on Christ first and realize that over time the rest will follow. Know who you ARE in Him.
Anna M. Aquino is a published author, guest minister and prophetic voice. Her books: Cursing the Church or Helping It? Exposing the spirit of Balaam, Confessions of a Ninja Mom, An Ember In Time and A Marriage In Time are available wherever books are sold. Please feel free to check out her website at annamaquino.com