I Am “They”

Alive and Active Life
Alive and Active Life
I Am "They"

Many people feel invisible today. Some work hard and long to do the right thing – often behind-the-scenes – not for recognition or glory, but because it must be done. As a result, many folks with noble commitment go unnoticed. You’ve likely felt invisible in your hard work, faithfully doing what God asks each day. And “they” don’t seem to notice. But God notices. In fact, He says – “I Am They.”

I Am “They

What does “I Am They” mean? It’s an odd expression I found in an interview recently and thought it accurately represents support for invisible people. Let’s look.

Think about a time you’ve identified priorities and gone after what needed to be done. Still, as you were doing that special thing (which sometimes took years, even decades) there was an empty feeling . . . like your life had no visible purpose, even though you knew you did. Perhaps you even wondered why you were throwing your best at a situation that seemed unmeasurable, even though you knew it mattered.

It’s Tempting To Wonder

So, we’ve stated – even when you do the right thing for the right reasons for a long time, when no one else seems to see or care, it’s tempting to wonder if your efforts matter. You wonder if “they” simply don’t care.

When you are tempted to wonder that, Jesus says something important. “Look at Me. Hear Me. You feel invisible – like “they” don’t care about your message and work on My behalf. But – I Am they.” * (A. Stanley)

Jesus speaks into your every scenario to assure you He sees. It matters to Him. Because you are being faithful to what He’s put before you and in your heart, you are accomplishing purposes greater than what’s visible this moment. You are partnering with God as He quietly – invisibly – does His faithful work.

Subsequently, consider God. He moves in hearts, helps needy people, provides resources, heals and encourages, and even convicts of wrong-doing. He performs daily miracles most people have no eyes to see.

What Else Does Jesus Say?

I’d like to take liberties to imagine what else Jesus says. If you are faithfully obeying and carrying out practical actions that seem invisible to others – things “they” don’t see – hear His amazing heart –

“I see what you are doing on My behalf. Your efforts and energy are a sweet aroma to Me, a treasured, ‘poured-out offering.’ And I thank you for loving Me so much by tirelessly, creatively sharing My message with people in your world. No one cares more about what you are doing than Me.”

Jesus is saying – “I Am They.” I see. I hear. And I care about your efforts with deep gratitude.”

I Am They = partners: Jesus and you.

Live For “I Am They

I often ask myself questions. Here’s one I ask more often. Who are you living for? Perhaps it’s for family, community, or dear friends. Incidentally, you may be providing kindness, provisions, or ministries that don’t get on anyone’s radar . . . except God’s.

So, questions I often ask start with these words:  who, what, when, where, why, and how. These are excellent measuring tools. Here are some “made-up” examples:

  • Who should you focus efforts on?
  • What difference, specifically, is your time and passion making in other lives?
  • When is the right time to quit this high-energy commitment?
  • Where should you loosen your approach or tighten your focus?
  • Why do you keep doing this daily?
  • How can you more effectively accomplish your purpose and please God?


There are many more good questions to ask yourself.

Audience Of One (Who Says) “I Am They

Here’s another question. Whose head do you want to turn by your efforts?

Because God –

  1. made everything,
  2. made you,
  3. has a good plan,
  4. knows what’s going to happen, and
  5. knows how to get you fully into your purpose . . .


. . . you have at least some responsibility to turn God’s head by your efforts. I suppose best answers to questions come from God’s Word. Still, God’s answers may not be exactly what you are looking for – but, really? THEY STILL COUNT! And they’re pretty decent answers.

Let’s look at each of the phrases we just mentioned, using God’s Word for context and perspective.

1. God Made Everything

Acts 7:50 says, “Has not My hand made all these things?”

Jn. 1:3 says, “Through Him all things were made; without Him nothing was made that has been made.”

Since God made all things, He carries responsibility to oversee and manage things. Interestingly, however, He also made people with free will. It’s incredible how God keeps His every word and timing – while all individuals also carry out their own free will (often not in cooperation with God). Yet, God confidently has everything on His radar.

Even with sin, war, rebellion, sarcasm, and smart-aleck attitudes back to God – He still loves each individual deeply. God is never surprised by anything. Amazingly, He has it all in-hand, including messes people make across the earth. I could never manage all that, and neither could you.

So, for any person who points a finger at God, first ask how you would accomplish what needs to be done in His place – everywhere. All at the same time. He’s doing that even if you don’t see. So often, God is invisible to men’s eyes. They just don’t see who He is and what He’s doing.

In this capacity, would you say of yourself – “I Am They?” I DO see what He’s doing?

2. God Made You

Jer. 1:5 says, ““Before I formed you in the womb I knew you. Before you were born I set you apart . . .”

Read that Scripture again. Ponder it. As it lands, ponder –

  • God had you in His mind and heart before you even entered your mother’s womb.
  • God knew you then – and knows you now!
  • You are precious to God. So very special!


God is for you. Even while others are against you. In that case, He clearly says, “I Am Not They.” I Am for you.

3. He Has A Good Plan

Jer. 29:11 says, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

God cuts right to the chase.

  1. He knows you.
  2. And He knows the plans He has for you.
  3. God desires that you prosper in life.
  4. There’s no way God wants to harm you.
  5. His plans include hope and a future for you!


Has anyone ever cared this deeply and intimately for you? God does. You may have wanted others to care more for you, but “they” didn’t. Nevertheless, God does. He says, “I Am They.”

4. God Knows What’s Going To Happen

Since God knows everything, He also knows what’s going to happen – to the detail and the minute.

Do you remember the phrase often used in Scripture when a specific thing is supposed to happen. “When the time had come.” (Sometimes – “When it was time.”)

Conclusively, God is so involved in human events – in your life events – He knows the timing of all things. He knows when you’re born, when you do superbly, when you suffer, when you choose to disobey, and when your heart bursts with joy. And He commits Himself to walk closely with you to help in each scenario, as well as to share heart-to-heart with you as you encounter each event.

Subsequently, you can say . . . Even in all events of my life, God says, “I Am They.”

5. God Knows How To Get You Fully Into Your Purpose

God knows how to get you fully into your purpose. He made you and designed your purpose. So, each individual needs to choose how to respond back to God.

So many competitors fight for allegiance of the human heart. Sometimes, you may feel torn. Even good things can compete for your heart – like family, friends, church, providing a living, and ministry. Believe it or not, even incorrect use of Scripture can compete for the human heart. Here’s an interesting quote from the interview I mentioned earlier.

“We have married people to the Bible. We have not married people to following Jesus . . . “ (A. Stanley)

So, wow! We are back to something I’ve shared repeatedly in previous articles. Jesus needs to be your First, Most, Best, and Only! This is critical. It’s a game-changer.

God will get you where He wants you. Trust and obey Him. Follow Jesus.

Application Thoughts And Questions

  1. Do you wonder if God cares enough to be significantly involved in your life?
  2. Who are “they” in your life?
  3. Do you believe Jesus says, “I Am They for you?
  4. Do you believe God made everything, including you?
  5. And do you believe He has a good plan and knows what will happen?
  6. Will you trust Him to get you fully into your purpose?


I invite you to follow us on your favorite social media. Do sign up on our email list to receive weekly articles. PLUS tune-in to our weekly podcast using your preferred podcast app or use our online player at the top of each article.

Visit our website for resources to get into God’s Word and live an Alive and Active Life.

* Andy Stanley – May 11, 2022: Video Interview.

Email Sign Up Gift

Connect with Us!

SIGN UP for helpful content to live an Alive and Active Life each day.  Subscribe to our podcast with your favorite app.


* indicates required

A Regular Person Superhero

Marvel Comics puts lots of money into movies about superheroes. And – based on success at the box office – lots of people connect with these superheroes at some level. Not everyone is “into” superheroes. But most people can pinpoint at least one superhero they admire. Who is that superhero for you?

Every superhero is a regular person with flaws – and even weaknesses. However, their skill sets and strengths more than compensate for their vices. I once heard it said that every person is a mixture of gold and clay with incredible beauty while also being less than perfect. Read More …

Read More »

The Truth About Loneliness

Do you remember the film, “Cast Away?” Tom Hanks plays a systems analysist named Chuck who is marooned on an island quite unexpectedly when his flight goes down over the Pacific Ocean. In this movie, you get a front-row seat on how a person might deal with loneliness. From hopelessness, to anger, to desperation, to finding a way. He’s alone on this island for four years! Meanwhile, he’s declared dead by family and friends back home. Chuck’s only friend is a volleyball that washed ashore from the plane wreckage. This ball becomes Chuck’s only friend: “Wilson.” Chuck becomes very familiar with the truth about loneliness.  Read More …

Read More »

Famine – Scripture Dissection

Well, it’s time! The last two Scripture dissections, God’s Timing and God’s Humor, we left something completely unresolved. The famine! And really – that’s an important development. We built up to it, showing how people suffered intolerably for three years. Now, Elijah introduces he’s back! And then introduces it’s God’s timing to end the famine. So, here is the amazing story – with a couple of twists and some teaching points. Read More …

Read More »

Your Valuable Life

Have you had the joy of watching little kids when they get in front of a mirror? They have heart-warming and sometimes hilarious interactions. These little ones have such authenticity and vulnerability as they interact with “themselves” in the mirror. What about you? When you look in the mirror, who do you see? Do you value the reflection of that person? Are you authentically being “you” each day? Read More …

Read More »

Feeling Down: 6 Helpful Tips

Feeling down is a common, yet challenging condition to manage. Whether over-tired, mistreated, discouraged, or even struggling with depression – being on the “down side” is real.

The first thing I want to say – “You’re not the only one!” Feeling down is a common human experience. And today’s content discusses “feeling down,” as well as 6 helpful tips. Read More …

Read More »

God’s Humor – Scripture Dissection

What situation comes to your mind when you hear that old saying – “God has a sense of humor?” I have numerous scenarios that come to mind. Oddly, it seems God’s humor is at play more often than we realize. And it’s a brilliant sense of humor. As humans, we try to develop a sense of humor, especially in teen years. And since we are made in God’s image, the quality of humor is there to be developed. I want to look at God’s humor as we continue Part 2 of our Scripture dissection of 1 Kings 18. This is exciting content. Read More …

Read More »