12 Then Jesus said, "I am light to the world and those who embrace me will experience life-giving light, and they will never walk in darkness."
13 The Pharisees were immediately offended and said, "You’re just boasting about yourself! Since we only have your word on this, it makes your testimony invalid!"
14 Jesus responded, "Just because I am the one making these claims doesn’t mean they’re invalid. For I absolutely know who I am, where I’ve come from, and where I’m going. But you Pharisees have no idea about what I’m saying."
John 8:12-14 (TPT)
I've read this before, time and time again, but what Jesus said in verse 14 has stuck with me, “For I absolutely know who I am, where I’ve come from, and where I’m going.” Jesus is saying, “I know who I am, because I know whose I am, and I know what my Father is calling me to do.”
Jesus never had an identity crisis nor did he doubt the power and authority he had been sent with. Jesus was doing things that the no one could understand. He was healing the sick, feeding the masses, and generally just killing it in His Father’s name. He knew he was called to be the “light to the world” (v 12.) And so because he knew who he was, he knew what he could do in his Father's name. He knew that he could do things that seemed impossible.
It makes me wonder what we could do if we had the same confidence Jesus had. The funny thing is that Jesus was just doing what he was called to do confidently, and they said he was boasting (v 13.) Isn’t that always how it goes? God calls you to do something, you do it with confidence, and then the haters start hating. Haters never stopped Jesus—why? He knew who he was because he knew whose he was. Pastor John says “You’ll never know who you are until you know whose you are."
Do you know whose you are?
God has called all of us to do something, it may be big or small, but both require the same level of confidence in who He is. It would be hard to achieve these things without Him and just as difficult to do them without that confidence. If God has called you to lead a small group, do it with confidence. If God has called you to serve in an area that is new to you, do it with confidence. If God has called you to evangelize, do it with confidence. God doesn't ask you to be educated and qualified, He only asks you to be confident in who He is and in what He can do through you.
Lord, we thank you that we have our true identity in you. We thank you that no matter how we feel, no matter what the world says, only you can truly define us. We ask that you forgive us for when we operate outside of this identity or even fear to operate within it. Please, Holy Spirit, remind us who's we are so we know who we are, then guide us in how You want us to move. In Jesus name, amen.