Exodus 3: 13 - 14a "13 But Moses said to God, "If I come to the Israelites and say to them, 'The God of your ancestors has sent me to you,' and they ask me, 'What is his name?' what shall I say to them?" 14 God said to Moses, "I am who I am."
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Who Are You? Initially, at a superficial level this question is quite easy to answer. The standard driver's license information may suffice. Name. Date of birth. Address. Eye color. Height. Weight.
But seriously, who are you? There are too many factors which go into forming who we are. Our families of origin, economic class, the neighborhood we live, the schools we attend, our circle of friends, skin color, sex, gender expression, occupation, sexuality, marital status, religion, traumatic experiences. The above factors are just a small list of what goes into making us who we are.
One of the greatest challenges in life is being the best you, that you can be. The struggle lies in claiming with clarity just who YOU are!
The story of Moses found in the book of Exodus is one of a tremendous struggle for identity - Moses own self-identity, the identity of the descendants of Abraham and Sarah and God's identity.
It begins with Moses and his wrestling to understand who he is, born a Hebrew, survivor of infanticide, adopted by Pharaoh's daughter, raised in Egyptian culture, educated in the finest of African academies, murderer of an Egyptian task master, fugitive on the run, immigrant in a foreign land, married to a Midianite woman, shepherd for his father-in-law Jethro, sufferer of a speech impediment, all these events and influences are part of the man named Moses. As you may imagine, Moses is often confused.
So, when the Lord God meets Moses on a mountain and tells him to go back to Egypt and lead God's people out of bondage, Moses wants to know, "Who am I to lead the people?" "Who am I?" and while we are asking the question, "God, who are you?"
Whenever we are not clear about who we are, there are many forces in the world which will attempt to make us into who we are NOT. The pressure on Moses to stand up to the Egyptian empire of power and might, while also working with his own people who were quick to turn on him was enormous. There would be daily pressure from all sides to get Moses to become the person other people named him. But Moses leads forward clear in knowing who he is by defining himself in relation to who God says he is.
The essence of who we are is discovered in who God says we are! Our true identity begins and ends with God's definition and identification of us.
Who am I? Who are you? We can all reply with the same identification.
•I am a beloved child of God.
•I am a sinner saved by grace.
•I am a work in progress.
•I am forgiven.
•I am created in the image of God.
•I am human.
•I am more than a conqueror.
•I am able to do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
•I am who God says I am.
Love, Pastor G