Have you ever felt like there was something missing in your life? Something that you needed and wanted to know in order to complete and to fulfill your life experience on this planet? Perhaps it is just to know if there is a plan for your life, and if so, what that plan is? Does your life have purpose and meaning? Do you and your life have a transcendent value, a value that is not of or from yourself? Do you and your life count for something on this planet?
The answers to these and many other pertinent and related questions are a resounding YES!
To answer your questions, over the next few weeks in this series of blogs, we will investigate and explore five questions that are both foundational and fundamental for you to know and to understand your identity, your origin, and your purpose. You ask and have asked these questions many times. These questions flow naturally in this sequence –
- Who am I?
- Where did I come from?
- Why am I here?
- Are there guidelines for how I am to live my life?
- What happens to me when my spirit leaves my body?
Nothing will impact your life more than knowing and understanding these questions and their correct answers. The clarity and the direction provided for the daily living of your life will be pivotal and powerful in everything that you do, EVERYTHING.
Today I want to begin this series by introducing the first question.
Who Am I?
Today there is great interest in knowing who we are and where we came from. Much effort is spent looking into these questions through researching our ancestry and our DNA. Why do we consider this information important and what are we looking for to gain understanding and to establish from our ancestry? Simply, our first two questions – who am I, and where did I come from? What do we expect to gain from this knowledge? What do the answers to these questions say about me? What am I entitled to? What is my heritage? Heritage is defined as “property that is or may be inherited, an inheritance.” Heritage is further defined as “a special or individual possession; an allotted portion.”
This is interesting. I am not sure when we research our past, our roots, where we came from that we really understand what it is that we are looking for. This knowledge and this information, these facts are certainly important and may and could have huge impact on who we see ourselves to be. Why? Because depending on what we discover it could very much affect what our expectations are for ourselves. If we learn that we descend from earthly royalty and that we have an amazing inheritance, then Katie bar the door. Here we go. We are going after it. We convince ourselves that we are bound by duty and by our honor, the honor of our Family to pursue all that is ours.
This is a good place to remind ourselves of the Kingdom perspective, which is, and which must always be our vantage point for accurately evaluating everything, especially our questions about heritage. Our heritage from the Kingdom perspective must be how we determine where our heritage comes from and where we judge and where we measure our inherited abilities correctly?
What if in our earthly DNA we uncover a heritage that is not so savory? Are we dead in the water? Are we impaired forever? Never! Not in any way! We have opportunity, talent and ability from another source, a greater power. Lesser authority always yields to greater authority. There is no higher authority or greater power than our source.
Knowing who we are based on our earthly ancestry and on our earthly lineage is good information, although what we discover about our earthly heritage most times is rarely pivotal in the living or in the outcomes of our lives. Who we are relationally from the Kingdom perspective, our forever and our eternal vantage point has great impact on the living and on the outcomes of our lives. If we limit our belief of who we are to be based on the present, in-time experience of our eternity, we miss the most important part of who we are.
We are not taught much about the difference between our present, in-time experience and the forever portion of who we are. Often, we do not know enough to know how to correctly and effectively manage the relationship successfully.
This understanding is very important.
We cannot precede with or manage our lives correctly without this knowledge and without the subsequent wisdom for the application of this reality to the living of our lives that we gain from knowing and understanding these facts. Why? It is not possible to know who we are until we first know our Creator and our Designer. We must then understand who we are to Him, and who He is to us.
All of the questions that we have about ourselves, including who we are and where we came from, flow naturally from the correct answers and our correct understanding of who He is, who we are to Him, and who He is to us. This is where we begin on our journey to know who we are.
In-time, we are made of components that are temporary and some that are eternal, forever. Our body is the present, in-time home of our eternal and forever spirit. Our body only lasts and exists for a very brief portion of our eternity. Our spirit is forever and when our spirit leaves our body, the present, in-time home of our spirit, our body ceases to live (dies) and returns to dust. Our spirit returns to where it came from before it entered time; to eternity without time to be forever in the presence of our Creator and our God. While we are in time, our mind stores the data we place in it for our use managing the relationship between the spirit, the mind and the body.
This understanding is very important.
The foundation for the successful living of our lives presently, in-time begins with and must be directed by our understanding of this reality.
Next week we will continue exploring the question, “Who am I?”