By Bishop David Oyedepo
Last week, I showed you the relevance of dreams, with their demands, if you must achieve maximum success in life.
This week, I will teach on the second pillar of successâ€”Identity. Wisdom demands that you sit down and locate the treasures of God inside you. A wise man said, â€œFind out what you truly love doing and build your daily agenda around it.â€ Godâ€™s Word says: “Let every man abide in the same calling wherein he was called… Brethren, let every man, wherein he is called, therein abide with God.” (I Corinthians 7:20-24). It is identifying with your discoveries, no matter what happens. Identity is sticking to your calling or gift until it produces results.
An understanding of the subject of identity will make any man outstanding on earth. Many people are stranded today, because although they have made outstanding discoveries about themselves, they failed to stay by those discoveries for the desired results.
When I first began to teach faith, it was not popular. To many people, it was a bad subject. We were called fake preachers. We were torn apart on many pulpits. I had the opportunity of losing my identity as a result of the persecution, but I refused to compromise my stand, because my identity is my strength. Anyone was free to preach on any subject, but I would not shift my ground for any reason whatsoever.
The Bible says: “Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fullness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.” (Psalm 16:11). You can only have pleasures when you locate the path of life and identify with it; if not, you are signing up for a life of pressure and stress. Many years ago, someone asked Billy Grahamâ€™s associate why he did not start his own ministry. He answered; â€œIâ€™d rather be number two in Godâ€™s plan than be number one in my own plan.â€ His destiny was tied to that divine placement.
If he had moved out, perhaps he would have eternally lost the place God had reserved for him. Why? Because it is not a question of natural abilities such as eloquence, but a matter of calling. Godâ€™s rating of man weighs more than the rating of men. Look at the case of Moses and Aaron, for instance. Moses was a fugitive, whereas Aaron was a free citizen. Aaron was also eloquent, a man of words; but Moses was a stammerer. Aaron was the elder while Moses was the younger. When God was looking out for a man to lead His people, He chose the one who was less qualifiedâ€”Moses!
Please stay where God has placed you and enjoy being there, because that is where your star will shine. You canâ€™t make a mark on earth until you identify with your discovery. For instance, I am not more fulfilled now than I was 16 years ago; because I canâ€™t imagine any other thing I would rather do than preach the gospel. I enjoy my job and I wonâ€™t take anything in exchange for it.
Identity is where your strength lies. God has caused me to come across many great men, but I wonâ€™t do things the way they do. I will only do things God has sent me to do, the way He has instructed me to do them. Today, they have come to respect my individuality. I have been to America several times, but nobody can make me talk like an American. Americans canâ€™t talk like me! No matter how I talk like an American, can I ever be one? So
what is the point of losing my identity to someone else?
Beware of comparison (II Corinthians 10:12). You are unique by creation. By embracing and accepting your uniqueness, you are securing your destiny. When you start comparing yourself with others, you are not wise. You are only your best when you are in the place God has put you. Donâ€™t be ashamed of Godâ€™s gift or calling in you.
Look at Joshua, for instance. He was a mighty man of valour and the Commander-in-Chief of the Israeli army. Later on, he became Mosesâ€™ minister (steward). But Joshua was content to wait on his master. However, when it was time to choose a man to sit over the assembly, God chose him.
Let me mention here that not everybody will agree with you. You may never be commended for pursuing your discovery, but do so nevertheless. Do what God has instructed, no matter what people feel about it. When I heard God say to me, â€œGo and make My people rich,â€ I was alone. To let the opinion of people dissuade me would have been foolishness. When I heard Him, I went all out in my pursuit of that instruction. Today, many wealthy men and women have been raised as a result of my compliance with that commission.
Remember, where you are now may be small, but your latter end will greatly increase. So, stay where God has placed you and you will have cause to rejoice in the future. Your identity is your strength! Donâ€™t ever toy with it!
Friend, the grace to retain and stick to your identity is for those who are saved. You get saved (born again) by confessing your sins, forsaking them and accepting Jesus as your Saviour and Lord. If you are set for this, say this prayer: “Lord Jesus, I come to You today. I cannot help myself. I am a sinner. Forgive me my sins.
Today, Lord Jesus, I accept You as my Lord and Saviour. Thank You Jesus for saving me! Now I know I am born again! Welcome to your year of restoration!”