“By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. He chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin.” — Hebrews 11:24-25
I graduated from an Ivy League school in the early ’70s. Of more than 3,500 undergraduates, about 100 of us were Black. A few came from well-to-do families; they had gone to the best private school all their lives. Some acted white; they didn’t associate much with the “brothers.” Funny thing, though: When it came to the census of the college, they were all counted as Black! The core substance of their being was defined by their birth, not what they did or how they performed.
We make a gross miscalculation by defining ourselves by what we do. It’s your new birth in Jesus Christ that defines you in the eyes of God, not what you do or how you perform.
Hebrews 11:24-25 tells us, “By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. He chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin.” Moses rejected his identity with Pharaoh to live out his true identity as one of God’s chosen people.
As you live in your God-given identity, you will begin to view circumstances, people and even yourself from the Lord’s perspective. To be a Christian means that God’s love and grace define you. You must learn to lean into it!
Go look in the mirror and ask yourself the question, “Who am I?” What’s your answer?
— Jerry Birch, Cleveland Cavaliers chaplain
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