What do you think is the #1 question every woman asks? In fact, it is not only every woman but also every person asks the same question. It is Who Am I?
A toddler, as he explores the little world around him, checking out things within the home or backyard is seeking his identity. A junior-higher who wants to be sure his friends accept him asks who am I. A teen, going from childhood to adulthood, striving to find his identity, often in inappropriate ways, is asking who am I. It continues on through every stage of life.
Let me direct you to a story, often reserved for Christmas, but carries a powerful message all year round. It is a Biblical story taken from Luke 1:28-31.
When the Angel Gabriel approached Mary, the young teenager who became the mother of Jesus, his initial words were:
- Rejoice, highly favored one.
- The Lord is with you; blessed are you among women!
- Do not be afraid, for you have found favor with God.
Before Gabriel even told her why he had come, before he gave Mary her assignment, he laid a strong foundation based on who she was. The message was clear and to the point. She was highly favored by God, she was not alone, and she had no need to fear. That was the extent of her training … and she would bear the Christ-child. What difference would it make in your life if you remembered who you are. Paula White sums it up well, “If you know who you are on the inside, no one can mess with you on the outside.”