By Evangelist Uche
Elias, Jeremias, John the baptist; were some of the names the disciples threw out at Jesus when He asked them a question relating to His core identity: “Whom do men say that I the son of man am?”. These answers came from people on the outside looking in. The disciples knew better, having a front row seat to the person of Jesus. Now did you notice Jesus already identified Himself within the question? “I the son of man“. He had no doubt who He was. But that didn’t erase the travesty He endured His entire earthly life. Hearing others try to identify him, define him even. That He was not.
Moses once asked, “whom shall I say sent me?” And God answered: “I am that I am”. He was referring to His core identity. He knew who He was. John the baptist; human, jailed, and despairing for His lifework, questioned the identity of Jesus: “Art thou He that should come, or do we look for another?”. These words, aimed at His identity, hurt Jesus. John, being His forerunner should have known better. But Jesus kindly identified Himself: I am. From Beelzebub to blasphemer and everything in between, the people tried in vain, the Savior to define. But Jesus knew who He was: the son of man.
Have you noticed recently how the devil tries to play with your mind? Through others, he would suggest that you are not enough, that you don’t fit in, that you ought only to be seen, and not heard. Remember when you were demoted at work because you expressed your dreams of starting your ministry/ business/ charity? That’s because the enemy was trying to define you wrongly -and failed. If Jesus was treated this way, so will you. Utilize His example. You are who He says you are. You are anointed, you are beautiful. You are.
And God said unto Moses, I Am That I Am:
I walked up to the platform multiple times to give my life to Christ as a child. Usually, it was as a result of watching a movie about hell, and not wanting to go there. This new found righteousness would last but a few days and then wash off. I would then make my way back to the altar again to surrender my life to Christ – again and again. Christianity was external to me then (not wanting to go to hell), and not yet internal (responding to God’s call that already existed in me). I couldn’t do, because I didn’t know, yet, who I was.
Salvation really took hold when I met a boy in high school called: Endurance. Yes, that’s his name. He was different, exuding large doses of grace and goodness. I thought to myself, this is who I should be. The party life and other lifestyles I’d tried to adopt failed miserably in comparison to Endurances’s light. I realized I’d been living a lie. Something in me responded to the way Endurance was. He didn’t preach to me, he just was himself, and God’s seed in me, latent at the time, responded to call emanating from Endurance – deep calls to deep.
God has put a seed in you, which is meant to respond to His call. There has got to be a deep to respond to the call of the deep. Scripture tells us: My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. You are, and so you respond. God’s seed lives in you, and when His call hits this seed, it can’t help but respond. Any more than the eaglet can help but respond to the screech of its mother. It was an Eagle, to begin with. So are you called to be a child of the most High, a Christian – now start doing, start living like one.
Deep calleth unto deep at the noise of thy waterspouts: – Psalms 42:7
With my head bowed down, I wondered: Lord how long will the enemy win? How long will I be at this undignified job? Father, is this ever going to end? You see, I had been in a position I did not like for 2 years, and it felt like I was staring into an abyss. Perhaps you too can relate. In my heart of hearts, I knew that this too shall pass. The question that nagged my heart was: “How would I be when it ends?” Would I be mentally defeated? Would I still have the mental fortitude and lingering purpose to try again?
An Odyssey of God’s Glory
As it turned out, over 3000 people in 25 nations received salvation through my ministry during this 2-year odyssey. This is reminiscent of the children of Zion who were captured from their homeland as slaves and asked to sing the Lord’s song in a strange land. It wasn’t if they would come out of Babylon (they did). It was how they would be when they came out. An indelible trail of Salvations in Babylon, they left, on their way out.
You shine brightest in Darkness
“The very time I thought I was lost, the dungeon shook and the chain fell off” – Baldwin. Paul and Silas’s chains were broken and salvation took place in their prison, at a time they were condemned as hoodlums. As the early Church was persecuted in Jerusalem, they broke off and rained salvation all over neighboring Countries. Is there any question as to if you will come out of this undesired situation? No. The question is: How do you want to be (identity) when you come out?
When the Lord turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream. Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing: then said they among the heathen, The Lord hath done great things for them. – Psalms 126:1-3