You are God’s son/daughter, you are deeply loved by Him, and He is well pleased with you. This is our true identity and the good gifts God blesses us with everyday. This is what we discussed and explored this week with Pastor Jeff. We can probably all agree that this can be difficult to accept and hard to live out. So many times, we try to do things or be obedient for this to be true. We often find our identity in what we do, what people think of us, or what we have.
Living in this community has been helping me to discover and believe my true identity. I have been slowing down and first just being in a relationship with God. When we do this first, we can then effectively be obedient to God and serve Him. I have been realizing that it is also important how you treat others knowing their true identity. All of us are God’s children and we are learning to love and support each other well, even when we make mistakes. The more you hear and experience God’s truth, you start to believe and live it.
Knowing this, what does it look like to first accept your identity in Christ and the identity of the people around you? We need to see God as our Father and our Friend. I think it is important to remember that God longs for a relationship and in response to our relationship, we can then be obedient. We are still learning what this all means and it's a journey we will be on for our whole life. I am learning especially during the pandemic that when life is going slow, we need to be patient and really lean into God's presence and faithfulness. And just in case you needed another reminder, you are God’s son/daughter, you are loved by Him, and He is well pleased with you!