HandshakeEvery time you meet someone new, there’s always that initial seeking to know one another. Normally, this is referred to as introduction which will go something in the lines of, “I am Omondi and I work for Safaricom as a systems engineer”. While that introduction may satisfy the need to place where Omondi lies in the social structure, I have increasingly been thinking there’s more to an individual than in reference to his name, place of work, career line, etc.

In this case, after the introduction is made, one is able to place Omondi as being from a certain part of Kenya/Uganda, working with an organization associated with good pay and therefore he must be doing well financially, and a profession that requires good training so he must be well educated. However, the question still remains, “who is Omondi when all the labels are removed?”.

Imagine that Omondi moves to a new country where his name has never been heard, the organization he works for not known, and profession does not exist. How will he introduce himself?

….his disciples were with him: and he asked them, saying, Whom say the people that I am?” (Luke 9:18)

“….But whom say ye that I am?…” (Luke 9:20)

Jesus talking to His disciples asks them who people say He is, and also them who they say He is. The responses ranged from “John the baptist”, “Elias”, to “prophets”. In another part they thought of Him, ..carpenter’s son, one whose mother was called Mary, and his brethren, James, and Joses, and Simon, and Judas (Matt 13:55). This being true was only in reference to the known, but from His response to Peter’s answer, “The Christ of God.“, “Flesh and blood has not revealed this to you“, we can deduce that the identity that trully matters is the one that proceeds from God. I believe that this same case applies to every believer in Jesus Christ. there is an identity that is beyond labels and that is our truest identity:

There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.” (Gal 3:28,29)

But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name“(Jn 1:12)

Beloved, your identity is in God the Father for,..ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.(Col 3:3)