December 2020  by

Does the Great I AM Define You?

The story of Moses and the burning bush is told time after time in Sunday schools the world over. You’ve probably heard it and know it well. But did you know it’s one of the best texts in the Bible to understand the immutability of God—the fact that He never changes?

When Moses was living as a shepherd in the desert, he came across a bush that was continually burning but not consumed. So he said, I’m going to turn aside and check this out. And when he did, he had this amazing conversation with God.

God started out by telling Moses, “‘I am the God of your father—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.’ And Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look upon God. And the Lord said: ‘…Come now, therefore, and I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring My people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt'” (Exodus 3:6-7, 10).

Moses wasn’t so sure about that. He said, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh, and that I should bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?… Indeed, when I come to the children of Israel and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they say to me, ‘What is His name?’ what shall I say to them?” (vv. 11, 13).

God answered, “I AM WHO I AM…. Thus you shall say to the children of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you…. The Lord God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you. This is My name forever, and this is My memorial to all generations'” (vv. 14-15).

This incredible name identifies God’s unchangeable character—His immutability. Notice first of all that His name is “I AM WHO I AM”—not “I was” or “I will be.” God always is who He is. He’s not just the God of old dead guys. He’s the God of now. He was and He will be. His character doesn’t change, and there’s nothing and no one who compares to Him.

The name “I AM WHO I AM” is also self-contained, as in nothing else defines God. You might tend to define yourself not by who you are, but by who you’re related to, like your husband and kids. “Hi, I’m married to so-and-so and have three children.” But God doesn’t do that. God is God. Nothing and no one else gets to define Him.

And I would challenge you that no other human should really define you. If you become a widow, you still are who you are. If you are never able to have a child, you still are who you are. Nothing in this world completes you, for “you are complete in Him” (Colossians 2:10).

Maybe you’re waiting for someone or something in your life to come along and define you. But know this: you are already defined by the Father. So instead of feeling like you have no identity and you’re going to find yourself in a new career, a new relationship, or whatever new thing it may be, look to the one who never changes, to the great I AM WHO I AM. “In Him [you] live and move and have [your] being” (Acts 17:28). In Him you are complete.

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Franchesca Bayne

Sheologie Program Director

Franchesca was born and raised in New Mexico and is married to her best friend, pastor, and business partner. Together they have two incredible teenagers, Maddie and Declan, who also serve in ministry. Franchesca has a heart for people, the broken, the misunderstood, and everyday people just like her, and she loves to build community. She has spoken at many events and loves to share the light and love of Jesus in truth. Franchesca lives to lead others to Christ as she follows Him. She lives out her faith in the midst of the many hats she wears, daughter, sister, auntie, mom, wife, pastor's wife, life coach, community leader, and friend, a process that she calls her journey.

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Alicia Cutcher

Digital Marketing and Communications Strategist

Alicia is an entrepreneur, influencer, creative, and writer. She shares a love for both fashion and travel, and is also passionate about marketplace ministry. Alicia believes that ministry is not confined to a specific building, and looks for any opportunity to spread the love and joy of Christ in whatever circumstance she can.

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Sailor Schroff

Special Events Coordinator

Sailor was born in New Mexico and grew up at Calvary Church. She is passionate about women finding their identity in Christ and discovering the voice of God. She graduated from the School of Ministry in 2019 and attended Youth With a Mission's Discipleship Training School in 2020 at their Kona, HI campus. She enjoys, music, traveling, coffee, and spending time with family and friends.

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