Written by Jessie Mejias, FHI Founder and Director
This year, the theme of identity seems to be at the forefront in the Body of Christ. It’s true that knowing who we are and understanding our true identity in Christ is life-changing. But it is vital that we also know whose we are, because knowing who we are starts with knowing our God.
We know that God made us in His image:
Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness.
Therefore, it is by getting a glimpse of Him and His character that we begin to understand who He has intended us to be.
2 Corinthians 3:18
But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.
When we look in the mirror, Jesus is who we want to see. But if we don’t know Him or His nature, we won’t know what we are looking for. If we don’t know what we are looking for, how will we know it’s Him when we see Him?
Have you ever asked yourself what you would see if you saw Jesus when you looked in the mirror? Would you see fear, rejection and weakness? Or would you see confidence, peace, and strength?
If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.(Emphasis mine)
When we know who He is, and when we can look at ourselves and see Jesus, we are looking from His point of view. It is when we believe that our old selves have died and that our life is hidden in Christ that we can start to do so. We will then begin to fully see and understand every attribute that He has.
The more we look upon those attributes, the more we will live into them.
If, when we see Jesus, we see someone who knew who He was at all times, it follows that we will also know who we are at all times. If we see someone who had quiet confidence and strength, we too will have quiet confidence and strength. We are to cast our gaze on Him so that we may allow His attributes that are already in us to grow, and to exude.
As Mark Virkler of Communion with God Ministries has said, whatever you look at, you become. So God is calling us to stop looking in the mirror just to see frail human beings; rather, He is calling us to see the King of kings and the Lord of lords within us, and to start to live into His attributes.
As for me, I will see Your face in righteousness; I shall be satisfied when I awake in Your likeness.
1 John 3:2
Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.
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So, in this quest to know God, where do we start?
Naturally, we look to the Word, but not using man’s reasoning. We look to the Word through the lens of the Holy Spirit’s anointed reasoning and revelation. When we do, we realize that there is so much to know about God! As we read through the scriptures, we can ask God what He wants us to know about Himself. We can spend time simply listening to what He says about Himself.
When we are babies, our parents meet our needs by being everything to us: providers, comforters, and unconditional lovers, among other things. As we get older, wise parents become different things for us: coaches, cheerleaders, and eventually, counselors. And just as our earthly parents do, God meets our needs through each stage of our lives through the many facets of His character.
In my recent journaling, I have felt God drawing my attention to several specific facets of who He is—facets that I need in my life at this moment. He has been showing me that:
- He is our Intercessor
- He is our King
- He is love
- He is good
- He is the Prince of Peace
This, by no means, exhausts the attributes of God, but it shows me where I am to set my sights in this season as I look in the mirror and seek His face.
In my next series of articles, I will be exploring some of these aspects of God. In the meantime, I would encourage you to ask God who He is for you in this season. It’s as simple as asking Him, “Lord, what do you want me to know about you?” He may give you one word that you can dig into by looking up its definition. He may give you a scripture that you can meditate upon and memorize. He may give you a contemporary picture that symbolizes that aspect of His character. He very well may give you all of the above! However He speaks to you, allow the knowledge of Him to sink into your spirit, and let it be what you see when you look into the mirror—and see His reflection.
How has God been revealing Himself to you in this season? How could seeking Him in community move you along on your journey? There are so many opportunities to explore your connection with the Lord this fall at FHI, starting with the 4 Keys to Hearing God’s Voice and Elijah House School of Ministry courses, to a seminar on healing from trauma, to our inaugural conference about every believer’s Identity and Destiny. To learn more and register, visit our Upcoming Events page!