There is a difference in WHO we are and WHAT we are.
The world wants to label us with “what”.
Jesus labels us by “who”.
Who we are is positional.
We are who we are because/when/ and if we are “in Christ”
Who we are is internal and incorruptible.
And not yet fully revealed.
Generally as we are transformed by God,
The external , our external, will change.
Meaning our actions and at times even our appearance will change to reflect the internal reality and truth.
People in general will see only the external and will pigeonhole us or label us and react to us that way.
That itself is filtered through their own (often faulty) perception.
We are NOT who or even what anyone says we are.
We are NOT defined by the actions of others either.
We ARE who God says we are.
He is the final authority and the only righteous judge.
The kicker is that often we also label or think of others the same way.
We do not see past the external (the what) to the internal (the who).
We can ask for God’s eyes.
In the Word, way back in Genesis we see a glimpse of the “who”.
Who we are created by God to be is His own precious beloved image bearers.
When we can rest in this, we are in Shalom.
Verses to reflect on:
Philippians 1:6 being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
1John 3:2 Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.
Gen 1:27 So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.
2 Cor 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!
1 Cor 13:12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
Moses reflecting God’s glory from being with God… Exodus 34:29-35English Standard Version (ESV)
The Shining Face of Moses
29 When Moses came down from Mount Sinai, with the two tablets of the testimony in his hand as he came down from the mountain, Moses did not know that the skin of his face shone because he had been talking with God.[a] 30 Aaron and all the people of Israel saw Moses, and behold, the skin of his face shone, and they were afraid to come near him. 31 But Moses called to them, and Aaron and all the leaders of the congregation returned to him, and Moses talked with them. 32 Afterward all the people of Israel came near, and he commanded them all that the Lord had spoken with him in Mount Sinai. 33 And when Moses had finished speaking with them, he put a veil over his face.
34 Whenever Moses went in before the Lord to speak with him, he would remove the veil, until he came out. And when he came out and told the people of Israel what he was commanded, 35 the people of Israel would see the face of Moses, that the skin of Moses’ face was shining. And Moses would put the veil over his face again, until he went in to speak with him.