bought the lie?

Think about your life, purpose and passion, and finish this sentence:

I am _________________.

Some of you probably lied in your word choice.  Why do I say that? Because I see with the eyes of God the value of our lives as defined by Him who made us.  He formed us in the womb (Ps. 139:13), and He says of us, “You are my child” (2 Cor. 6:18).  God gives the potential for each person to remain in this identity from the time of conception and throughout all eternity. It is an identity that never changes for the believer.

What is the other option?  We, having been formed by God, can choose to live a life ignoring His desire to be our Father.  We cannot, however, choose to live a life void of God, because to be on this earth is to be in the awareness of the Creator.

For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities- His eternal power and divine nature- have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse (Rom. 1:20).

Children of God, we need to understand the importance of our identity.  We need to make sure it is not a secondary identity to something else… something lesser.  If we fill in the blank above any other way, no matter what level of passion we feel toward that identity, we have bought the lie.  You and I want only to optimally view ourselves in the same light as our Eternal Father sees us- “I am a Child of God.”

“I am the #1 Giants fan.”      It’s only temporary.

“I am a great cook.”              It’s only temporary.

“I am a Republican.”            It’s only temporary.

“I am a wife.”                         It’s only temporary.

“I am a CEO.”                        It’s only temporary.

“I am a tennis player.”        It’s only temporary.

“I am a Presbyterian.”         It’s only temporary.

The following scripture found in Romans 1:25 probes my heart: “They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator- who is forever praised.  Amen.”  I don’t know if I can express myself clearly enough, but to define ourselves apart from the truth of God is idolatry.  It is He who formed us out of His desire for relationship.  In that relationship, He formed a covenant to never fail as a Father in bringing us to Himself.  And there is only one way to the Father- Jesus (John 14:6).  Jesus is the demonstration of God’s covenant of love to us.  He gave His one and only Son as the sacrifice for our sin, so that we can declare, “I am a Child of God.”

Let’s not allow anything to take priority over the one true and eternal identity.  To live our lives with our greatest pursuit replacing the pursuit of relationship with the Father, is to find out one day that it was all in vain.  All the other pursuits in life are lesser gods.  May your life and mine be among those to bring glory to the One True God in Heaven who calls us His own.

I am a Child of God.

If you are what you do, then who are you when you don’t?    -GW Dameron

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