“My Father in heaven, God himself, let you in on this secret of who I really am. And now I’m going to tell you who you are, really are. You are Peter, a rock.” (Mathew 16:17-18, The Message)
It is impossible to truly know who we are apart from Jesus. After all, he is the one who made us, he is the one who dreamt us into being. He is the only one who knows exactly what was breathed into us before the foundations of the world were made. So he alone can tell us who we really are. He alone can give us a true sense of identity.
And in order for us to discover who we really are, we must discover who he really is first. The two are vitally linked. When we discover who Jesus really is, he helps us to discover who we really are—just ask Simon Peter. In fact, who we are only makes sense in the context of who he is. So regardless of how hard I may try to make a name for myself in this life, any name that I can make, or achieve, or create for myself can only be false. Identity can never be achieved, it can only be bestowed. And it can only be bestowed by the Creator. Therefore, when we, like Simon Peter, recognize who Jesus really is, then he is able to tell us who we really are, and what our role is in his kingdom.