Jesus pulled His disciples aside one night and asked them bluntly, “Who do you say that I am?” Jesus wasn't working on His social media presence; the fact was He couldn’t go anywhere without getting swamped with people. He wanted to know if His disciples knew who they were. They weren’t going to discover who they were until they discovered Him.

There are many social pressures, labels and pigeonholes the world is trying to hand us or stick us into, minimizing the uniqueness of our design and generalizing our worth. Like Jesus, we get defined by how people want to see us and by those with whom we associate. We, too, mistake our likes and dislikes as an identity. We wear it on T-shirts, speak it out on bumper stickers and post it in our Facebook pages.

However, Jesus defined identity as coming from the Father. Without knowing God, we cannot know ourselves. Identity doesn’t come from the outside in—it comes from the inside out. Identity comes from the family to which we belong. God is our Father; our identity comes from Him. His nature and character are in our DNA.

Jesus compared the Kingdom of God to a mustard seed. Its small, inconspicuous exterior is nothing like the potential contained on the inside. What starts out small will become exponentially great. God has designed something greater than appearances might suggest.

It takes a master gardener to cultivate the potential of a seed. God started out cultivating humanity in a garden. Jesus redeemed humanity buried and raised in a garden. He is a true Master Gardener, able to bring out the full nature and potential of every life.

I know who I am because I know Him. I am one who is intentionally sought after, desired for an intimate relationship, prized and honored without equal. I am a unique expression of God, my Father. A part of who He is can be seen in me. I am awesome because He who loves me and called me to follow is awesome, and I am like Him. 

Gwen Gibson serves as the Pastor for the HOPE CENTER—the place at HRock where we encourage and offer hope for those struggling through the tough places of life. It is her joy to help others discover the freedom they long for and know how much they are loved by God.