Identity Equals Destiny

Jon Opgenorth

Read: Exodus 3:11-12

Who am I? (v. 11)

Moses did not know who he was. Moses responded to God’s assignment with a question that reveals his insecurity: “Who am I? Will little old me deliver your people from Pharaoh?” Was Moses primarily the son of Amram and Jochebed (Exod. 2:1; 6:20; Num. 26:59) or the son of Pharaoh’s daughter (2:10)? Was he the husband of Zipporah (2:21)? The keeper of Jethro’s flock (3:1)? How could these roles qualify him for the mission?

In truth, I ask these same questions. Am I the son of a truck driver and a housekeeper? Am I a husband and a father? Am I a preacher? A leader? I am all these things. But at my core, at your core, who are we? Who determines who we are?

The question “Who am I?” must be asked amidst two other questions: “Who is God?” and “What am I to do?” How we answer shapes how we live. The same question resonates acutely for many who are adopted or live as foreigners or move to a new place. God’s people slaving away in Egypt. Egyptian-educated Moses tending sheep in Midian. Who are we?

We glimpse the answer during another story. At Jesus’ baptism, a voice came from heaven, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased” (Luke 3:22). Followers of Jesus believe our identity is defined by the one who made us and calls us. Who are you? You are God’s beloved child. —Jon Opgenorth

Prayer: Thank you, Father, for calling me your beloved.