One of my good friends and mentors recently talked to me about the key to understanding identity versus ability. Ever since he said this, I’ve been meditating on its truth.
I understand that I’m in the position I’m in not because of my own ability, but because of my identity. I am a child of God and everything else springs forth from that. All blessings come from Him. There’s no use in boasting in my own work because it’s not mine! I’m inheriting these things from God for His purposes.
If I lose sight of this, I can easily get insecure or begin to worry, thinking that I’m not good enough. But I know I’m a child of God and I can rely on this truth in both the good and the bad times. When I am weak, He is strong. His grace is sufficient.
Being a child of God is like being in one country, not realizing that your dad is the king of another country. You live in rags where you are, barely getting by, not realizing that you could be living as a prince or princess in another place. You need to go back home!
In the same way, how can you receive the rights of the Kingdom of God if you are not connected with Him? You have to reach out and receive it. Your Heavenly Father will be happy to receive you with open arms, without rules or regulations.
It’s like the story of the prodigal son found in the Bible. When the son detached himself from the father and chose not to walk in the kingdom, he thought he could find the good life. But it was nowhere near what he could gain if he returned home. He inherited everything, not because of anything he had done, but simply because of who he was — a child of the king. He did nothing to deserve it. When he did choose to go back and receive his identity as his father’s son, his father was waiting, searching for him, ready to receive him with open arms and forgiveness.
This is what God is waiting for us to do as well! And when we do, we not only inherit eternal life in the Kingdom of God, but we take on the fruits of the Spirit in the here and now — love, joy, peace, patience, goodness, kindness, gentleness, faithfulness and self-control. It doesn’t mean that everything on earth will be easy, but it does mean eternal joy and peace with Christ.
It’s hard for us to be separated from God; He hates it even more. Imagine if your own child went off and did not want any part of you anymore. If they did, you would do anything you could to get them back! And if they returned, you would do everything in your power to make sure they didn’t go off again. That’s why God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to die for us. Even though we have many sins, the Father wants us. God is seeking for His children to come home, and He’s ready to receive them with open, loving arms.
“I will be a Father to you, and you will be My sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.” — 2 Corinthians 6:18
— Demario Davis, New Orleans Saints linebacker
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