#Identity – You are not what you have or what you do


It is so amazing that in our world today, it is difficult to get people who can put a clear cut dichotomy between who they are and what they have or what they do.

A while ago, I had a discussion with some youths and an interesting question was raised. The question was this; if you are given 20 million naira, can you walk nude for a distance of 6km? I was completely shocked when someone said that not only was he ready to walk 6km, he was also ready to go naked for 50km. What he was saying essentially was that the N20m was worth that venture. That young man has not been able to sort out his identity because if he understands who he is, he will not be ready to lose his name for material things.

You must realise that the money does not make the man rather; it is the man that makes the money. A wise man said money is neither moral nor immoral but money is amoral. That means money does not have an identity of its own. It takes on the identity of the person who holds it.  If it is in the hands of an immoral man, it becomes immoral and in the hands of the moral man, it becomes moral.


In the same vein, material things should not dictate who you are. Who you are should dictate the material things instead. We can therefore conclude that who you are is superior to what you have or what you do. It is remarkable to note that God is even more interested in who we are than what is in our hands. In the book of Samuel, when Samuel was on an assignment to anoint someone as king of Israel after Saul had disappointed and failed God, God made it clear that “man looks at the outward but He looks at the heart.” (1 Samuel 16:7)

I believe this is the reason many do not focus on who they are. They fail to pay attention to the state of their heart and prefer to impress men by the outward rather than impressing God by their inward. Proverbs 23:7 says, “As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.”What this Scripture is saying is that you are not better than the state of your heart because your heart is you. It is the essence of your being. We call it the core of your being. Its state determines who you are. Rev Sam Adeyemi said, “The heart of the matter is a matter of the heart.”

There is no security in what you have but in who you are. You can have N100m in your account, yet not be a millionaire. In fact, that N100m in your account is temporary if you are not a millionaire in your thinking. It is as a man thinks in his heart and not what a man has in his hands or pocket or his account.

You are not what you have but you are who you are. You are your state of heart. If you have what you are not, you will soon lose what you think you have. We have loads of people in our environment today who will be broke in just three months if they lose that high paying job. Most people only derive their sense of worth from what they have and not who they are. Before you have more, you need to become more. It is the outgoing of your present level that moves you to another level entirely. Focus on who you are.


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