This Is Who I Am
God Can Make A Nobody Into A Somebody
The 2001 film drama The Last Castle is a maximum-security military prison. It’s home to the armed forces’ toughest offenders. The whole place is ruled by Colonel Winter. He is tyrant who delights in turning his prisoners against each other. His philosophy… make them forget they are soldiers, make them forget they are MEN, and you will win. Then a monkey wrench is thrown into his caged kingdom, in the form of General Eugene Irwin. Irwin is a highly respected and decorated three-star general court-martialed for a battlefield infraction. Irwin immediately sees Winter for what he is. As the weeks wear on, he also begins to realize that he is surrounded by SOLDIERS—tough, competent, and ready to fight. All they need is a general to get behind... and a villain to rally against.
At the first meeting with the new inmate, Colonel Winter tells General Irwin, “I know what you’re thinking. Do I salute you, or do you salute me? Well, the answer is neither. My men salute me, of course, and each other according to rank. But there is no saluting by the general prison population.”
While walking in the prison yard one day, Corporal Ramon Aguilar passes General Irwin and acknowledges him with a half-hearted salute.
The General asks, “This thing that you’re doing with your hand, grabbing your hair, what’s that?”
The Corporal replies, “That was a salute.”
The General says, “A salu... Oh, no.” And as he breaks out in laugher he says to the Corporal, “I don’t think so. You know where saluting comes from?”
“No, sir,” replies the Corporal.
The General says, “It comes from medieval times. Two knights would approach each other on horseback. They would raise their visors and show their faces. It’s like they’re saying, ‘This is who I AM. I’m not the enemy and I’m not afraid.’ A salute’s about respect, son. Respect for yourself, the service and the flag.”
During the first forty years of his life, Moses was a Prince of Egypt. Having been rescued from the Nile River by Pharaoh’s daughter, this Hebrew infant was taken into the palace, brought up in a life of luxury, and given a royal education. Moses grew up receiving the respect of all the Egyptian elite as well as the general population. After all, he was a reigning Prince in the house of Pharaoh.
One day, Moses went out to his own people and saw their life of forced labor. He also witnessed an Egyptian beating a fellow Hebrew, one of his race. After he looked around to see if the coast was clear, he killed the Egyptian and hid the body in the sand.
The next day, Moses couldn’t help but overhear two Hebrews fighting. Coming between them he said to the one in the wrong, “Why do you strike your fellow Hebrew?”
The man replied disrespectfully, “Who made you a ruler and judge over us? Do you mean to kill me as you killed the Egyptian?”
Then Moses feared for his life thinking to himself, “Surely the thing is known.” His cover was blown wide open!
When Pharaoh got wind of the news, he set out to kill Moses.
Moses bolted out of Egypt to escape the wrath of Pharaoh. The former Prince of Egypt became a wanted fugitive on the run. The name “Moses” was completely rubbed out from the royal record. He not only lost his crown, but also the respect from both the Egyptians and the Hebrews.
Moses traveled far and wide and found refuge in the land of Midian. For forty years he blended well with the population. He hid his true identity. He kept to himself and quietly tended a flock of sheep. The once high and mighty prince became a lowly shepherd. The name Moses was buried in the backside of the desert. He lived the life of a nameless nomad wandering around in a wilderness. His life wasted away in the sands of time causing him to forget who he was.
While leading his flock one day, the angel of the LORD appeared to this lowly shepherd in a flame of fire out of a bush. The bush may have been blazing, but it didn’t burn out.
As he approached this great sight, God called to this “burned-out nobody” from out of the bush, “Moses, Moses!”
After four long grueling decades, this was the first time anyone called him by name. It was sweet to his ears. And he said, “Here I am.”
God introduced Himself to the forgotten fugitive, “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” His blood relatives!
God restored the true identity of Moses. He reminded the man of his long and glorious lineage—his real ancestry led by none other than the Almighty Himself.
God not only saw Moses’ miserable life in Midian, but He also observed the misery and heard the cry of His people enslaved in Egypt. He let Moses in on the divine plan He was about to hatch—to deliver the His flock of people from Egypt and lead them to a land flowing with milk and honey. And Moses happened to be the shepherd God had in mind to do the job.
But Moses saw himself as a nobody. He said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh, and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?”
And God said, “I will be with you; and this shall be the sign for you that it is I who sent you: when you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall worship God on this mountain.”
But Moses said to God, “If I come to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your ancestors has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ what shall I say to them?”
God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” He said further, “Thus you shall say to the Israelites, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’” God is said to Moses this is WHO I AM.
That day on Horeb, the mountain of God, Moses’ long lost identity was resurrected from the ashes of a forgotten life. As God revealed His name to Moses, Moses discovered who he was. If God is who He says He is, then Moses is who God says he is. And if God says that Moses is to lead His people to the Promised Land, then, who is Moses to argue with the Almighty? As the LORD commissioned Moses to set His plan in motion, this once forgotten fugitive became the Prince of God’s people. Within the next forty years, this great and deeply respected Prince, saw his life purpose come to pass at last.
It took the first forty years of Moses’ life to realize that he was a somebody. It took another forty years to realize he was a nobody. And finally, it took another forty years to realize how God can make a nobody into a somebody.
The God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, the God of Jacob and the God of Moses is willing to reveal His name to you. Even if you run and hide in a world of darkness, the light of the LORD will find your lost and forgotten soul. He will restore your relationship with Him. The Great I AM will make you see who YOU ARE in Him. After all, He sees you as a somebody. He is your Maker. He is your Rescuer. He is your Restorer. He is your Father. He is your GOD.
If Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Moses found and fulfilled their purpose in life in Him, SO CAN YOU! God’s royal blood can run in your veins if you repent of your sin and accept the sacrifice of His Son, Jesus Christ on the cross. Believing in His name, God will give you the power to become His royal and loyal child.
Copyright 2011 by Gicky Soriano. All Rights Reserved.
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