Here is a short list; a sampler, if you will, of who we are:
Temples of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 3:16)
Reflections of God’s glory (2 Corinthians 3:18)
God’s workmanship (Ephesians 2:10)
dearly loved children (Ephesians 5:1; 1 John 3:1)
Light (Ephesians 5:8)
Dead and raised with Christ (Colossians 3:1-3)
God’s chosen people (Colossians 3:12; 1 Peter 2:9)
A royal priesthood (1 Peter 2:9)
A holy nation (1 Peter 2:9)
Saints (Colossians 1:12)
Heirs (Romans 8:17)
Joint heirs with Christ (Romans 8:17)
Apart from God, this is nothing more than grandiosity.
Because of Jesus and in Him, however, this is reality!
How different are we from our main societies;
How different is light from darkness?
“Thus your light will shine before the children of men that they may see your good works, and may glorify your Father who is in Heaven.”
Matthew 5:16 (Aramaic Bible in Plain English)
What does it mean to you;
How does it make a difference?
Knowing that God is ever present;
That He is the Almighty One
Who protects and provides?
Knowing God’s wisdom is infinite;
He sticks closer than a brother;
Who comforts and counsels?
Knowing that you are loved perfectly;
Now, in every way and forever;
He always draws you closer?
What does it mean to you?
How have you changed,
Being born of the Spirit;
A child in God’s household;
Son and daughter of the Most High?
In a word, everything;
Each heartbeat and breath;
All thoughts and feelings;
Expectancies and perceptions.
It means that in Him
We live and move;
In Him we have our being;
He is our Source and Goal.
To God be all glory;
Every song of praise;
Blessing and adoration;
To You, oh Lord;
To Your Name always!
Jesus, you are healer:
Every injury and disease
Of spirit, soul and body
Must yield to your loving hand.
Jesus, you are Savior:
Every part of darkness
That would seek to imprison
Shatters in your presence.
Jesus, you are Redeemer:
All things and every person
Who was hopelessly lost
Has been found and ransomed by you.
Jesus, you are my All in all:
Every day, thought, circumstance;
Even my very being
Is hidden in you.
Jesus, because you are God
And we belong to you,
We are new creations;
Vessels filled with your very presence.
God is the mirror:
I gaze into Him and see myself,
According to what I believe about him.
God is the sun:
The light in my life is only seen
Inasmuch as I have come to reflect him.
Is created and defined by God,
In whom we live and move and have our being.
Who do you say I am?
In the midst of a stormy sea;
When the winds of conflict blow;
When I try to understand;
But find I simply don’t know,
You are my Prince of Peace.
Who do you say I am?
In the cavern of fear and pain,
And sorrow captures my soul;
In the place of great darkness,
Where I long to be made whole,
You’re my faithful healer.
Who do you say I am?
When troubles seem to fade away,
In joyful celebration;
When songs of victory are raised;
My heart fills with elation,
You are the Lord of life.
Who do you say I am?
While others only say teacher,
Model of man at his best;
Or just a useful swear word,
As they put you to the test,
You are Jesus, the Christ.
I have dedicated this site to declaring God’s absolute and intimate love for each person. This message has become my passion.
So here’s a question:
Why is this so important?
God loves you; so what? How has knowing His complete and profound love for you made a difference in your life?
I can think of at least a few ways in which I have been impacted by this knowledge:
*I strive much less now: I act and serve BECAUSE I am loved; not in order to earn God’s approval or affection.
*Knowing that Papa God loves me; that I am precious to him gives me security: Things can happen that normally might upset me; people can say things that are less than complimentary: I’m okay because Daddy loves me.
*I have more to give: I get filled up first; then share what I have. This way beats the religious approach of trying to come up with answers or “ministry” on my own!
*I expect more from God: His goodness is far greater than anything I could ever imagine. Trusting His regard for me has opened my heart to Him.
Now it’s your turn. I am hoping to hear from you!
Divine plans were set in place,
Especially for me
So that I would do the good works
That reflect God’s glory.
I gladly live as who I am;
Never to be someone else;
Yielding gratefully to the lead of Holy Spirit.
These are the words to a song I am composing. I have the melody and some of the harmony:
You’re the author of my heritage;
My life is found in you.
You know the plans you have for me
And my destiny is true.
The riches of my legacy
Will bless for years to come;
I’m your precious child, oh Lord Most High
And your kingdom is my home.
You live in me;
I’m alive in you
In all I am;
In all I do.
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.