IT’S ALL ABOUT IDENTITY
Sometimes, I think I get so stuck on a topic that everything I write seems redundant.
When it comes to knowing who God is and who we are, constant repetition is probably more than all right; it’s desirable.
There are so many sources that work to convince us that God is everything but who HE truly is. He’s “the universe” or the very distant, angry disciplinarian who does things arbitrarily. He loves us, but we have to jump through all sorts of hoops to earn His approval. He’s impotent: People and circumstances are bigger than He is; we have to fend for ourselves…. And on the lies go.
Then, there is the same army of voices after us about who we are: Nothing, a bother; wormly beings that deserve nothing but eternal punishment. Orphans who need to work at being better than we are. Good, if we really put in the effort. Broken wretches….
It’s all about identity. AS we come to know the Truth about who God is, we discover ourselves:
God is love. He is good all the time; He is always joyful. He is the Prince of Peace, Healer, Redeemer, Friend that sticks closer than a brother. He is not ashamed to call us His brothers and sisters; He likes us.
He is head over heels in love with us. He says we are precious, wonderful, glorious sons and daughters, made in His image. We are His creation, workmanship, children. He has wonderful plans for our lives; He has created good things for us to do. He loves to bless us; He thoroughly enjoys hanging out with us.
I’m His favorite.
But then, so are you.
He loves every individual as though he and she were the only person in the whole world to love.
He loves with His whole being; not just intellectually or with words alone.
His love is so powerful, nothing can separate us from it.
We are living epistles, reflections of His glory, His chosen ones, a royal priesthood, temples of the Holy Spirit.
In short, we are awesome and glorious because of Jesus.
The next time you look in the mirror, tell yourself who you are according to God; then give yourself a hug. Papa says you’re beautiful and awesome. Gents, He calls you noble, valiant and amazing.