Jesus came to announce to us that an identity based on success, popularity, and power is a false identity—an illusion! Loudly and clearly He says, ‘You are not what the world makes you, but you are children of God. Henri Nouwen
We are all created by God, but we are not all children of God. A child of God is a person who has put their trust in God believing and receiving Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior. As a result of that, we become a part of God’s family.
John 1:12 – “But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.
There are too many attractions and distractions in this life that seek to over shadow that truth. Therefore, the child of God must jealously guard this sacred truth. To lose it is to lose his true identity in Christ.
For example: Many people allow success, popularity, and power to blur their minds to the truth of who they are. They tend to define their lives base on what they have or don’t have; achieve or didn’t achieve. They spend their lives trying to catch up with the Jones’s running after things that really don’t matter and forget that a “man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.”
The love of possessions, and money is the root of all evil. “While some have coveted after it, they have erred from the faith and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.” When we make possessions more valuable than who we are, it leaves us empty. Because things were never meant to satisfy completely. Only God does. He is our Father and He calls us His children.
That’s who we are!
Father, I thank you for making me your child. I know you take care of me. But I want you to Keep my life free from love of money, so I can be content with what I have. Give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with the food that is needful for me, lest I be full and deny you and say, “Who is the Lord?” or lest I be poor and steal and profane the name of my God. In Jesus’ Name – Amen!
Dig Deeper: Acts 17:25; 1 Timothy 6:10; Luke 12:15