Ministers Wilbert and Jacqueline Richardson

“But now thus saith the Lord that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine.”  Isaiah 43:1.

Many Christians today have lost their identity, not knowing who they are or whose they are.  God has created each of us as individuals.  No two people are alike, not even identical twins.  God has created each of us for a purpose and it is not His will that we become carbon copies of each other.  As we look in the Bible we see that God called Moses to deliver the children of Israel.  He called Esther to deliver the Jewish people.  He called Jeremiah to be a prophet to the nations.

As children of God we are all called to follow Jesus Christ and as we do that He will lead us to our divine destines and the purpose for which we have be created.

However many have lost their way because they have chosen to be who people want them to be and do what others want them to do instead of what God has called them to do. Many are striving to be like others instead of striving to be like Jesus Christ.  Jesus said in St. John 15:5 “I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.”  Are you bearing fruit or are you barren?

Are you seeking God for yourself and asking Him what His will is for your life or are you depending on others to tell you what God wants you to do?  It is important as saints that we know the voice of God for ourselves and that can only happen when we spend quality time in the presence of the Lord.  “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.”  St. John 10:27  Jesus has called us to follow Him.  If we chose to follow others and not follow Jesus Christ we can lose our way.

Remember Jesus Christ is the way, the truth and the life.  The path that God has called another brother or sister to walk may not be the path that God has called us to walk.  Our experiences, our gifting, our anointing are all different.  God gives us what we need for the purpose that He has created us.

Many fail to reach their divine destinies because they compare themselves with others who they think are more spiritual.  They waste all their lives wishing they could be and trying to be someone else – trying to sound like that person or trying to act like that person hoping that by doing so they would be that person.  For others, their lives are controlled by a person or persons so they become who they want them to be and not who God has called them to be.

Fear of man prevents them from being led by the Holy Spirit and being and doing what God commands them. In the process all happen is they lose their true identity, they live in bondage and they have no real joy or peace. Disobedience has a price.

Worst than not knowing who you are; is not knowing whose you are.  In 1 Corinthians 1:11-13 we read of the contentions in the church at Corinth.

“For it hath been declared unto me of you, my brethren, by them which are of the house of Chloe, that there are contentions among you. ‘Now this I say, that every one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ. Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized in the name of Paul?”  Our identity should be rooted and grounded in Christ and not in people.  Though we are members of particular church and have a shepherd over us, they should never in any way take the place of Jesus Christ in our lives, and they are not to be worshipped as if they are God. Your shepherd should not in any way act as if they own you for that is not of God.  “Neither as being lords over God’s heritage, but being examples to the flock.”  1 Peter 5:3

We encourage you today to seek the face of God and ask Him to reveal to you, who He wants you to be and what He wants you to do.  When He does, be obedient to Him.  Then and only then can you truly fulfill your divine destiny.