Moses did. Moses knew exactly who he was. He was born into a Hebrew family during the time of their bondage in Egypt, and he knew it. He was hidden by his God-fearing mom, because Pharaoh’s plan was to have all the male Hebrew children killed. Through a series of God-planned events, Moses was discovered by the pagan princess, who allowed Moses’ own Mom to care for him for some time, then later the Egyptian princess “brought him up as her own son.” (Acts 7:21) In the courts of Pharaoh, Moses “was learned in all the wisdom of the Eqyptians” (Acts 7:22) and he was trained and educated with the best education in the world at that time. .. but he never forgot who he was, and God carried out His plan through Moses.
From the events that follow, and other passages that refer to Moses, we see that he knew that the suffering Hebrew people were his brothers and sisters, and he identified with them. In the book of Hebrews we read that “By faith Moses, when he became of age, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin, esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt…” (Hebrews 11:24-26) Moses belonged to God’s special people and he never forgot that. Even being raised in a foreign, pagan country, separated from his family, friends and faith, Moses knew who he was! When he fled to the desert and lived among semi-nomadic people for forty years, he still retained his identity. God was glorified in Moses’ life because he knew who he was, and he never forgot that.
One day, many years ago, I was born into God’s family. By His grace and faith in Jesus’ death in my place, I took on a special identity. I am a child of God, loved and forgiven, justified and accepted, complete in Christ, a new person who is dressed in His righteousness, sealed with the Holy Spirit and I have eternal life because of Jesus. I look at Moses’ example and pray that I would really grasp who I am in Christ; and like him, I want God’s plan to be carried out in my life so that HE can be glorified. Do you know who you are?