I got to the guy fixing watches. My watch needed a new battery…..and, probably new straps too. I told the guy what I wanted. He told me the price. I thought it was ridiculously high. He said, “Quality is better than quantity,” and proceeded to show me the supposed ‘low-quality’ straps. I didn’t believe him – it’s all ‘film trick’. In the bid to persuade me, he said, “It’s the big bosses at your place of work who insisted that they would only patronise me if I deal in quality materials. I told them people won’t buy expensive materials but they insisted on quality.”
How did he know where I work? I had my ID Card on. In fact, he pointed at it when he made the statement. I jokingly told him I should have removed my ID Card before coming to him, because then, he would not know where I came from and so would not be able to exploit me.The identification you carry per time influences the type of treatment you get – it is your identity! Depending on the situation, the form of identification you carry (or lack of it), can determine whether you are acknowledged or molested or arrested or applauded or exploited or respected, etc. Also, it is one thing to present an identification, it is another for it to be genuine. If unfortunately, for any reason, you are found with wrong identification or you cannot defend your identity, then you are in real trouble! Some guys in the Bible tried playing around with false identification. When asked to defend their identity, they came up short. Oh, how they bled and suffered for such!
“Some Jews who went around driving out evil spirits tried to invoke the name of the Lord Jesus over those who were demon-possessed. They would say, “In the name of the Jesus whom Paul preaches, I command you to come out.” Seven sons of Sceva, a Jewish chief priest, were doing this. One day the evil spirit answered them, “Jesus I know, and Paul I know about, but who are you?” Then the man who had the evil spirit jumped on them and overpowered them all. He gave them such a beating that they ran out of the house naked and bleeding.” Acts 19:13-16 (NIV)
What identification do you carry? What is your identity?
Life’s situations and circumstances will pose challenges. Storms of life will rage. Mountains will stand in your way. For yourself, what do you have to say?
Jesus is LORD!