Before God can show you who you are, He must destroy who you have made yourself to become. This is not a play on words; this is the reality of how we live our lives if we do not possess the intimacy that we need to have with God.
Many people face an identity crisis, especially after giving their lives to Christ. This happens when a person finds out that he or she was created for a specific purpose, but he or she has gone through life doing something contradictory to what he or she was designed to do.
A great example of this is the father of the children of Israel—Jacob. His name is translated “Supplanter” in English. By definition, a “supplanter” is described as “one who forcefully takes the place of another.”
In Genesis 27, Jacob is seen taking advantage of his father (with the help of his mother). Jacob lies to his elderly father to receive his brother’s blessing. But, Jacob and Esau had been in battle since they were in the womb.
In Genesis 25, we learn that Jacob and Esau are twins who were at war before they were born. It is amazing that their mother was told that the younger would serve the older, but she didn’t wait to see how God would bring it to pass, she took the prophecy into her own hands and helped Jacob “forcefully” take it. Jacob became, by deception, what he was not by birth, and this taking created problems for him in relationships for many years to come. His identity problem caused him to be in adversarial relationships with his kindred and acquaintances. Later, he was forced to deal with both his father-in-law, Laban, who cheated Jacob; which caused Jacob to cheat Laban back. And he also had to eventually face his brother Esau, whom he had cheated. The same way Jacob came face to face with both his antagonist and his victim, we will always face challenging and avoidable situations when we misrepresent ourselves and decide to be anyone other than God has called and created us to be.
God has an outrageous vision with your name on it. As a matter of fact, no matter what identity crisis you have faced, God is able to give you another identity in Him! In Genesis 32, Jacob, the “supplanter,” gets a name change! He becomes Israel, “contender with God.” After that moment, he was never the same! God has something that is just for you. He will keep you up all night; He’ll cause all chaos to break out just to get your attention. He has no choice there are some things in life that no one else can get for you. Don’t miss your blessing or invite trouble in your life by not walking in your true identity. Just be you!
If you can’t be who you are, you surely cannot be who you are not.