Chapter 4 of The Jesus Code: 52 Scripture Questions Every Believer Should Answer, by O.S. Hawkins.
For those of you just tuning in, The Jesus Code has 52 questions, one to contemplate each week. The author believes every Christian should be able to answer these important questions.
The question for week one was, “Has God Indeed Said …?” (Genesis 3.1).
Week two: “Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?” (Genesis 18.25).
Week three: “How then can I do this great wickedness and sin against God?” (Genesis 39.9).
And this week: “Who am I?” (Exodus 3.11).
Have you ever believed God wanted you to do something, but you wished He would make it clear, like speaking to you from a burning bush?! And yet, if He did, we would probably respond much like Moses, “Who me? Who am I? I can’t speak well. You must have me confused with someone else!”
But as Hawkins points out “Who am I?” is a question each of us must answer. Quoting the author:
Who am I? The Bible reveals that we are a composite of “spirit, soul, and body” (1 Thessalonians 5: 23). However, note that we don’t phrase it in this order. We generally say “body, soul, and spirit.”
After all, the body is visible. We pet it and pamper it. We tan it and tone it . We measure it and weigh it regularly. But one day it will go right back to the dust from which God created it. We are not just bodies, though. Our soul is the seat of our emotions. It is our feelings about ourselves that too often dictate our own self-worth, or lack thereof. Our spirit is that part of us that will live as long as God lives. It is our spirit that connects with God’s Spirit— spirit bearing witness with Spirit that we are His children. So who am I? I am a spirit-soul . . . I am just living for a few short years in a body.
The world focuses on finding esteem in the right body image (attractiveness, physical strength, athletic ability), or how well we do socially, financial, and educationally.
Yet, the Bible calls us to take the focus off of ourselves and place it on God and others:
3 Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. 4 Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.5 Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, 6 who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, 7 but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.
Our esteem and our self-image is to be found in Christ. To quote the author again:
But I am not my body, and I only have a soul. I am a spirit. Therefore, the Bible is the best self-help, self-awareness, self-image, self-confidence book ever written because it explains who I really am. Again, who am I? I am a spirit made in the very image of God.
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Next week’s question is, “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness?” (Numbers 21.5).
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Hawkins, Dr. O. S. (2014-07-29). The Jesus Code (Kindle Locations 332-334). Thomas Nelson. Kindle Edition.
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