by Guy Cohen and wife Tali, Harvest of Asher Congregation leader, Tents of Mercy Network
Who am I? Most people ask this question at one time or another. We hide behind a fence that builds a ghetto around us. Moroccan, Yemenite, Brazilian, Argentinian, Ethiopian, American, Afro-American and so on.
These associations come from the areas where we grew up and the culture within them. Even in the time of Yeshua there were different assumptions made according to people's backgrounds. We have a good illustration in John 7:52 of how the Rabbis in the time of Yeshua viewed people from the Galilee.
Having said that, let's take Paul as an example in addressing the question of "Who am I and why is it important?" Paul identifies himself and his personal history in the following verses: Acts 22:1-3, 22:25-29, 23:6; Philippians 3:5-6 and Romans 11:1.
He admitted having had a zeal for the Torah and persecuting the congregation (church, followers of the Way). He describes himself as being a Jew from the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew, an Israelite, a Pharisee descended from Pharisees and finally a Roman citizen.
In spite of all that Paul says about his background and culture, he continues on in Philippians 3:7-11 to express that all of the above is nothing in comparison to the calling that is in Yeshua.
We must stop seeing ourselves according to our identity in the worldly sense and instead see ourselves primarily in our identity in the Messiah. What exactly does that mean?
What am I expected to do with this new identity? Proclaim faith and live life according to the Lord's commandments.
How is our identity in Yeshua reflected or expressed in our everyday lives?
* Doing good
Only through our identity in Yeshua will we stand in times of trouble, persevering with Him until the end. Otherwise we may find ourselves rejecting the very one who is our identity.
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