As I have continued to research identity I came across the story of Jesus changing Peter’s name from Simon to Peter. John 1:42 “Jesus looked at him and said, ‘You are Simon son of John. You will be called Cephas” (which, when translated, is Peter). I never understood the significance of this until I realized Peter in the Greek means ‘rock’. If you study Peter’s life you start to realize he was anything but a rock. This was how Jesus saw him; who he was to become. That is how God sees us; He sees us as who we are becoming not who we are right now. When we surrender ourselves to him with all of our character defects, He can truly begin to change us into who He created us to be.
Another person that comes to mind concerning identity is Gideon. In the middle of his horrific circumstances the angel of the Lord chooses Gideon to deliver Israel. He calls Gideon a mighty warrior, and Gideon reminds God that he is the weakest of the weak. He even goes so far as to question whether God is really with him due to the circumstances that the children of Israel find themselves in. God saw who Gideon really was and not what Gideon or others thought He was.
Still another example is Moses, the man who murdered a man and then ran off and spent forty years in the wilderness hiding. God told him he would lead the Hebrews out of captivity in Egypt. God saw him as the leader that Moses couldn’t see himself being.
These are just a few examples of the many people in the Bible that God used to do great things. When I realize all this it makes it much easier to come under the authority He has placed over me, because I know that He will not allow anyone to stop what He has decided He will do. The key is to wait on His perfect timing. God is rarely early, but He is never late!
Did you ever notice that God tends to use people who others tend to disregard?
He seems to use people that society would discard, people who are humble and don’t think very much of themselves.
Are you ready to let go of your past and move forward into what God has for you?
Please feel free to share your thoughts and pass this along to someone you know who could use some encouragement today.