Stealing your own identity
He replied, “The Father alone has the authority to set those dates and times, and they’re not for you to know.” —Acts 1:7
Identity theft is harrowing. It’s even worse when it happens to you. And this happened. To me. Yikes! With a false yet utterly believable church email address and my name, an email was sent out asking for money. At least one person gave money to this dastardly source. Fortunately, this person recovered the funds.
Here’s a twist. Have you ever thought you can steal your own identity? If you’re not sure what I mean by this, ask yourself if you have ever not been yourself in your actions. Have you done something so far from who you are that you can look back and say, “Did I REALLY do that?”
Oh, yes, the ways we have wandered! We have regularly been pulled from our faith, or, more specifically, from our faith identity.
To help us, Christ puts a limit on us by stating there are things we are not to know. Initially, this can sound like a zinger because we all like to be “in the know.” Our culture values intelligence, not ignorance. However, in not knowing, we rely not on ourselves, but an outside source.
Jesus calls us to rely on God, not ourselves. Bring your questions and uncertainty to God, and then rest in knowing that our loving Creator knows the dates and the times for this plan, and our identity. Don’t rob yourself of being all you’re called to be. Trust God.
PRAYER: My identity is in You and You alone, oh Lord. When I stray with the busyness of dates, times, and other pulls, align me. Amen.