Saturday, July 10, 2010

Knowing yourself

    I suppose that the title of this post may seem very cliché-ish at first. Especially when you considers all the books that have been written on this subject already. The ongoing exploration of this topic however, reveals that there still exists very real anxieties over what can happen if an individual doesn’t “know” themselves.    
 
Technology has attempted to assuage these fears by offering society a wide array of information on any subject entailing "The Self." Information that was once considered exclusive and for the learned, has now become public domain and Google-able. You name it, whether it be genetics, or delving  deep into the foreboding fabric of the human psyche, everyone can come to know themselves with nothing more than a high-speed internet connection.
    With multi-million dollar companies perfecting the art of explaining away “The Self” at the click of a button, why would anyone want to find themselves using any other medium? The answer to this question is important. It may seem overly optimistic, but I’m still convinced that spiritual journeys render more information than clicking and scrolling on my mouse can.
    From a Biblical perspective, humans come to a knowledge of God first, and knowledge of themselves secondly. Jesus asked His disciples, “Who do men say that I am?” Peter answered the question first, and when he did, Jesus immediately began to tell Peter who He was. In fact, the first words that came out of Jesus’ mouth were, “Thou art Peter ” (it just so happened that he was going by the name Simon at the time). He went on to tell him, “...And upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” Peter is a classic example of a man who could have come to know himself in ways that excluded Jesus, but instead he opted to know himself in Christ. Had Peter found himself via his fishing carrier, at best he would have discovered that he was a good fishermen, and a not so shabby business man. However, he never would have found out that he was meant to be a fisher of men, and a keeper of the keys to the kingdom of heaven.
    Jesus repeatedly used the phrase, “You have heard it said, but I say unto you.” In other words, He was affirming the fact that there are two opinions in life. One is from God, the other is not. The other opinion may or may not be true, but that’s besides the point. The really question is, what does God have to say? With only one life to live, it behooves all of us to know who we are in Christ, before trying to discover who we are outside of Him.

3 comments:

Carol Connell said...

Another great post, Bro. Prado. It's a wise thing to let God define who we are. His estimation of us will always be the right one. Blessings to you and your lovely wife!

Jennifer Connell said...

I like this post! There are so many young people struggling to find their identity. If they would just get a relationship with God that would be solved. I'm thankful that there is a security and assurance in knowing who you are in Jesus.

The Prados said...

Carol & Jenn,

It seems as though letting God define us is an ongoing issue, something that needs to happen daily. I used to think that it was a one time event, but actually every phase of our life presses us to rediscover who God says we are. Thanks for comments.

A.P.