Is the key to life finding the right answers? Or is more about learning to ask the right questions?
A classic question, with an equally class answer, is found in Exodus chapter 3.
Moses meets with God and in course of conversation asks:
Suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ Then what shall I tell them?”
God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I AM has sent me to you.’” (Exodus 3:13–14 NIV)
There’s so much we can unpack from this pithy response but the thing that’s been scratching my itch is the simple honesty of it.
Who are you?
God feels no compulsion to justify who He is, what He does, or how He speaks. There’s no pressure to elaborate. You cannot get any less verbose than “I Am”.
It feels odd to point out, but God totally wins who He is without any excuse or apology!
Can we say the same?
When we present ourselves to the world are we the same authentic “I am” at home, in business, in secret? Or is there at times an insecure compulsion to elaborate and embellish?
Jesus tickled a similar bone when He said:
“But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil.” (Matthew 5:37 KJV)
Not, “yes, but…”
Or, “No, and…”
It’s hard in world so addicted to comparison and courting the favour of men.
The second magnificence in Papa’s answer Moses is the implications it holds for us in our relationship with the Almighty.
“I Am” is at once as simple as can be, and infinitely expansive at the same time!
Essentially God says to us, “I am who you will allow me to be.”
Who am I? Whoever I need to be, whenever I need to be.
Do you want to know me in the terrifying beauty of holiness? Let me show you, but prepare to tremble.
Do you want my infinite comforts to caress your troubled soul? Come curl up in my lap and let my unspeakable peace saturate your reality.
I AM is with you right now. Who is He? Whoever you need Him to be!
How does this relate to my creative call?
Dear friend, own who you are without excuse or apology!
Live big and bold in all your true colours.
Make your declarations of identity and desire without feeling the need to justify them to everyone around you.
If you are a writer, write!
If you are a singer, sing!
If you’re a Kingdom entrepreneur you need no excuses when it comes to creating wealth. It’s your call!
Let the full magisterial might of God’s Body on earth loudly declare, “WE ARE!”