Who on earth do you think you are?
16 Now behold, one came and said to Him, “Good Teacher, what good thing shall I do that I may have eternal life?” 17 So He said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God. But if you want to enter into life, keep the commandments.” 18 He said to Him, “Which ones?” Jesus said, “‘You shall not murder,’ ‘You shall not commit adultery,’ ‘You shall not steal,’ ‘You shall not bear false witness,’ 19 ‘Honor your father and your mother,’ and, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ ” 20 The young man said to Him, “All these things I have kept from my youth. What do I still lack?” 21 Jesus said to him, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.” 22 But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions. 23 Then Jesus said to His disciples, “Assuredly, I say to you that it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven.
Never mind the title of this piece, it is not meant as an insult?, but it is as a matter of fact asking a very literal question ‘who do you think you are on this earth or this world?
Everyone has a name, some regular, some influential, which opens doors when mentioned?, and others, not so significant. Everyone has possessions, cars, houses, precious stones, private jets, money etc some more than the other.
Everyone has a family, whether nuclear or extended, some have broken away from their initial family, gotten married and have formed their own family unit.
?Almost everyone has a source of income, whether private business, white collar jobs, or even blue collar jobs, some have a designation, ?either junior or senior officers, some have kids, almost everyone a friend or one dear to the heart.
Almost all the time, we are categorised based on what we have, how influential one’s name is, how much wealth one has been able to amass. We are identified by our possessions.
Even we ourselves grade ourselves, based on what we currently possess, we also go as far as seeking those who ‘have made a name for themselves’ to help us achieve our goals, and sometimes forgetting Christ and also who we are in Christ. For someone who has little, from a dysfunctional family, has little education, automatically we know that sort of person will think less of himself, and for someone who has amassed some wealth, he will have some confidence that his ‘social status’ is intact.
The bible talks about the rich man whom Jesus offered life, but was too carried away by his riches (Matthew 19:22-24). To him, his riches was his life, and what was keeping him.
Now, take a second and think, think of all that you have, all what you have been able to amass? for yourself, from your education, to physical possessions, to the job you currently have, and the position you are occupying…..Now what if you are stripped of it all, yes all and left with nothing? did I hear a God forbid? I will become a nobody? My life is ended?
Yes! This is exactly what Jesus was trying to point out to that rich man in Mathew 19. There are two types of rich men, the one who has understanding and the other who doesn’t, the rich man in Mathew 19 should have known the Jesus was not literally telling him to give away his wealth he was trying to ?give him an identity, which is the man who knows that in Christ he can never be poor even if he gives away all his wealth.
As a Christian, then what you have now should not shape the way you see yourself. Where you work, what you have, no matter how much, should not be what you are identified by. A Christian should not be comfortable being identified by his possessions, or should not allow himself be identified by his current predicament he should know that his state is progressive.
What you have shouldn’t be who you are. ?Wouldn’t it be better to take up the identity that Christ has given, than the one your ‘wealth’ or ‘job’ is giving? Only you will be able to answer that question, and change your orientation accordingly.
For further study:
1 Corinthians 15:10
Personal declaration for the day:
I am joint heir with Christ and I am seated in Heavenly places so I am superior to earthly problems.
Questions for you to reflect on:
What is your greatest inheritance?
How do feel being joint heir with Jesus Christ?