Who are you? Not the person you are in church or the one your friends, teachers, or employers know, but who you are in the deepest depths of your soul–the real you.
“And they heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden.” (Genesis 3:8)
Ever since sin contaminated our world, mankind has been reluctant to reveal his true self. Transparency, whether before God or our fellow man, is no longer a given, and we rarely see the real person in our interactions with others. With God, this is clearly truly absurd, because He already sees us as we are:
“And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.” (Hebrews 4:13)
Yet even as it relates to others, secrecy tends to be counter-productive. Just as Adam and Eve hid from the Creator because they were ashamed, we tend to hide our true selves from the people we interact with because we feel they won’t like or accept us if they know what we are really like, not recognizing this hinders genuine relationship.
There has been a push in recent years to engender self-esteem in our children. On its surface this may seem admirable, but it is misguided because self-esteem is a result of right living, not something you can artificially instill in a child. You cannot generate self-esteem by telling someone they are worthy in the absense of any evidence to that fact in their life anymore than you can cause them to be wealthy without doing what is necessary to get there. Self image is a peculiar thing. Generally speaking, it becomes good when we live right: then, and only then, do shame and fear of letting others in go away so we can transparently interact with others.
So, who are you? Are you right with God? Are you covered by–forgiven because of–the blood of Christ? Are you living as you ought, doing what His trustworthy Word tells us is right? If you are, the person those around you see is probably not too far short of who the eternal God knows you are!
Forgive me–help me be right with You–You already know who I am anyway! Amen.