Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Mid-Week Message - Who Are We?

"But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God. They are reborn—not with a physical birth resulting from human passion or plan, but a birth that comes from God."  John 1:12-13 (NLT)

One of the fun memories I have of my daughter when she was little comes from a time that we were a one car family.  When she and I would go to pick her father up from work, we would arrive a bit early and park in front of the building.  As people were coming out she would ask, "Is that my Daddy?" She would ask it about every man that exited then get very excited when she saw her dad.  It was a game.  We had lots of games we played in the car.  I'm sure you did as well.  

As Christians, we never have to ask, "Is that my Daddy?", because we know that our true Father is Almighty God.  Our identity is in Him and was sealed with the blood of Christ.  We are told that we are co-heirs, children of the Most High God, paid for with the most precious possession He had.  We have a home in Heaven where we will spend eternity in praise and worship.  Oh, what a promise!  

As I was thinking about this article, several other things occurred to me as to who we really are.  The scriptures tell us many stories and introduce us to people just like us, through whom we learn about the grace and mercy of our Lord.  So, who are we?  

We are the lepers who were touched by the Savior and healed.  We are the blind who have had our sight restored.  We are the lame who walk because His power is greater than our own.  We are the deaf who hear and respond to the voice of our Shepherd.  We are the wanderers who find our way through and by His direction.  We are the lonely that He has promised never to leave.  We are the grievers to whom He sends His comfort.  We are the poor who find our wealth in innumerable blessings and lay up our treasures in Heaven.  We are the dead who are dead no more but raised up in His likeness.  We are the sinners who are forgiven and adopted as family.  We are the bride who waits expectantly for her groom.  We are the wordless to whom was delivered the Living Word.  We are the orphans who are now members of an eternal family. We are the prodigals whose Father runs to welcome.  We are prisoners whose chains have been removed.  We are the outcast who have been sought out and brought into holy fellowship.  We are the lost who have been found, the frightened who have reassurance and the homeless who have found our forever home.  

I could go on and on.  What I hope that you see is that He is the answer for wherever we find ourselves in life.  Nothing is beyond His power.  You cannot out-love Him nor out-give Him. He is greater than any problem you may encounter.  Hear me.  He is greater than ANY problem you will ever have.  All He asks of us is that we turn to Him and let Him be who He is.  He loves it when His children ask Him to be present in their lives.  His angels rejoice when we accept Him as our Lord. 

Who are we?  We are His.  Created in His likeness and fully loved and accepted.  There is nowhere better to be than in His arms.  He chose to love us.  He chooses each day to give us life.  Our choice is this, what do we do with the life He gives us?  Oh, brothers and sisters, my prayer for each of us is that we learn to rest in the miraculous reality of being His children and that we lovingly share that with those around us.  I look forward to the day that I can look each of you in the face and share a heavenly hug.  God bless.

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