Take a minute to exit from reality. Imagine that you are a much travelled person. (If you are already then there is no need to imagine). You have so many souvenirs to remind you of the countries you have visited. They mean everything to you. You have displayed them in your house so tastefully that anyone who visits cannot help but notice them. You are happiest when your visitors’ curiosity is aroused since you have a golden opportunity to blow your own whistle sorry trumpet as you narrate to them your various exciting escapades. “That painting is from France, the porcelain plate you see there is from China, oh and that scroll, that one is straight outta Egypt,” you tell them as your face beams with pride.
ANY OTHER IDENTITY WILL SELF DESTRUCT
Then a ragged child out of nowhere makes some ‘slight’ modifications on the souvenirs. He makes a commendable improvement on the painting by breaking its frame and scribbling on it; decides that the porcelain plate will look way better when it is lying in shreds and begins an art project by cutting the scroll using your pair of scissors, the one you bought from Britain. Within an hour, all the souvenirs you collected in so many years become nothing, useless. What would you do? How would you feel?
Back to reality now. What is it that you treasure most in this life? Is it your money, your fleet of cars, your beautiful house, your leadership position or your family? Is it your thriving crops in the farm, your animals, your intelligence, your friends or your reputation? What if one day you wake up and you are told that all your money does not have any value? What will you do when you find out that your fleet of cars have all been stolen and are irretraceable? Your precious house demolished, your crops burnt down, all your cattle raided, your friends gone, your name tarnished and your power gone? Dejection is an understatement. Will life be worth living when all you have worked so hard for has vanished in thin air?
I am reminded of this man that I really admire. He was a good man and was careful not to do any evil. He had seven sons and three daughters, 7000 sheep, 3000 camels, 1000 head of cattle, 500 donkeys and so many servants. Indeed he was the richest man of his time. And yet when all went away, he said, “I was born with nothing, and I will die with nothing. The Lord gave and now He has taken away. May His name be praised!” (Job 3:21)
Who are you? Is our identity tied so much to our physical possessions such that when they are no more we also become nothing? If who you are is what you have and what you have is gone, then who are you?
Our identity is found in the God we trust any other identity will self destruct. (From the song: Identity – Lecrae)