Who Are We?

In the most appropriate combination of band and song name, The Who sings “Who Are You?”

Or, if you prefer movies to music…

(If you’re a fan of action comedy, go watch Jackie Chan’s “Who Am I?”… it’s glorious.)

On Sunday, Rev. Byron Brought asked the same question of us, that The Who asked. It’s a deep question with significant ramifications. How do we even describe, much less determine, our identities?

Fortunately, the Bible has some things to say about who we are as children of God. 1 Peter 2:9-10 says,

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of [God] who has called you out of darkness into [God’s] marvelous light; 10 for you once were not a people, but now you are the people of God; you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.

God has chosen us, anointed us, and called us out of darkness into light. This is not just a description of our present condition, but it tells us who we are. We are a “royal priesthood.” It is our duty to bring God to others, and bring others to God.

What other scriptures help you to identify yourself? Where do you turn when you are struggling with your identity and purpose?