Where Does Identity Come From?

​“The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands. Day after day pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge. There is no speech or language where there voice is not heard.” (Psalm 19:1-3) David, the King, implies that the heavens and the skies testify of the glory of God. Put another way, creation suggest that there must be a creator.  It is understood that everything created was created by God. John writes in his Gospel: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through Him all things were made; without Him nothing was made that has been made.” (John 1:1-3)  God made everything to represent His glory in the earth.  
 
John writes in his Epistle: “This is the message we have heard from Him and declare to you: God is light; in Him there is no darkness at all.” God is light!  In other words, light comes out of God.  One may deduce that light is a reflection of who God is. Light testifies of the character of God. In Him there is no darkness. This simply means that darkness cannot represent God’s character. Jesus proclaimed that “He was the light of the world. Whoever follows Him will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12) Those who follow Christ must have character that reflects who Christ is. In addition, they must have integrity which means they must be serious about pursuing the light or living in the light. Light must be a reflection of who the believer has become as a result of following Jesus.
 
The very first thing that God did in creation was to establish light! “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. And God said, Let there be light, and there was light.” (Gen. 1:1-3) In the beginning there was nothing that reflected the identity of the Father. So God created light because light was a reflection of His identity. God has all power and it was this power that made visible the identity of God in the earth. All creation testifies of God’s identity. Be reminded that God created everything with a purpose. The identity of the created thing always reflects its purpose. When purpose is realized, authority is validated.
 
Gen. 1:16-18 reveals that “God made two great lights—the greater light to govern the day and the lessor light to govern the night. God set them in the expanse of the sky to give light on the earth, to govern the day and the night, and to separate light from darkness. And God saw that it was good.” God created the sun and the moon to reflect His identity in the earth. Their created purpose was to give light on the earth. Their fulfilled purpose resulted in the manifestation of their authority. They were to govern the day and the night and to separate light from darkness. This is very important because if something or someone is not aware of the source of its identity, its purpose is compromised. When purpose is compromised, authority is diminished. The sun and the moon fulfill their created purpose and, as a result, maintain their ordained authority.  God has made man and woman in His image and in His likeness and given them dominion over all that He created.
 
May we each realize that our purpose is inherent in our identity. Once this is understood, each of us can walk in the authority given to us by God. 

​​​In His Service,

Dr. Clarence V. Boyd, Jr.
Senior Pastor, RRTEC


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