If someone asked you the above question, how would you answer? What do you base your identity on: Your name, your family, your job, where you live? Who are you? I was listening to the song, “My Eyes Adored You”, by the Four Seasons from 1974 and this line sparked a vision in my mind: “Headed for city lights, climbed the ladder up to fortune and fame. I worked my fingers to the bone made myself a name.” The phrase, “Made myself a name” stood out to me and this is what I “saw”:
A man waiting in line at the Judgement for his final reward and he finally steps up to the throne. He’s well dressed, and you can tell by his demeanor that he’s pretty confident with himself. God looks at him then turns a few pages in “The Book”, looks back at the man and says, “Sir, your name doesn’t seem to be in The Book.” The man has a shocked look on his face and replies, “But God, my name is…and tells God his name. God says, “I know who you are but your name is not in The Book.” “But wait a minute, I’m the CEO of a large company, a wealthy man and I’ve worked hard to make a name for myself.” “Please look again.” “I’m sorry sir, you’re not in here.” “But why not?” God says, “Tell me sir, what did you do about my Son Jesus?” “Well, I know who he is, I went to church when I wasn’t working and I gave to several charities.” “But it appears you never accepted Jesus into your busy life.” “Well…no.” “Sir, you made a name for yourself but that’s not worth anything here and now.” “Your name’s not in The Book, you’ll have to go down that way.” “No, no, no! I worked so hard!”
“The haughty looks of man shall be brought low, and the lofty pride of men shall be humbled, and the Lord alone will be exalted in that day.” (Isaiah 2:11).
“Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6)
Who are you? “I am God’s workmanship, created in Christ to do good works that He has prepared for me to do.” (Ephesians 2:10). Have you accepted Jesus? Who are you?