Monday, 18 February 2013

Above my name: you are not your name

When we talk about identification, what comes into the mind of people are; names, faces, and where we come from. The truth is, all these three speak little about us. Think about Jesus Christ, many tried defining Him through His earthly family. What they never knew was that He was more than what they thought. Our real identity is not connected to the names that were given to me. If I do try in any way to connect my identity to my names, I will limit myself rather than help myself. My names help people to connect with me in many ways, but it is not my identity as society has made us to see it. Names help. They tell a lot, but not all. If names tell all, names will then predict the outcome from the start. When Moses asked God to tell him His name, God told him I AM THAT I AM. He is not predictable and He is beyond a name or some names. In the bible, we have few of His names based upon what He did. In fact, He has endless names, and these are revealed through His acts. The truth is, it is the God-given potentials in us that do reveal our true identity and not names given to us. At times some names are prophetic as in the case of Jesus Christ, John the Baptist, etc. In them, their names did reveal a little about them but not all. Aside, most of us carry names that do not reveal our truest identity, and have bowed to those names, because we think we are those names. The truth is, our potentials are what tell our real personality. They are the ones that define us. Therefore we need to awaken to the call of our potentials. This will help us go beyond our names, culture and fulfil God’s purpose for our lives.

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