New identity

“I don’t know where I belong,” she said. “I feel as though I don’t fit anywhere.”

I wasn’t sure how to respond to that, because I knew exactly how she was feeling. I’ve felt it myself at times in my life.

Do you ever feel that you have never found the exact niche where you fit perfectly? Yes, you may have made a place for yourself or taken the place assigned you in a family, a job, a church, a community, even a circle of friends. But do you ever long to find and be in the one place where you feel you were made to be, in a place where you fit perfectly?

You were made to be a child of God. You belong to Him.

And now you Gentiles have also heard the truth, the Good News that God saves you. And when you believed in Christ, he identified you as his own… (from Ephesians 1:13)

…And we, out of all creation, became his prized possessions. (from James 1:18)

If you’ve been following this blog from the beginning, you know that it began a number of years ago to encourage believers to live out their new and privileged lives—as children of God.

I’m convinced we’ve only caught a glimpse of the full meaning of being adopted by God as His child. No matter where you are in your spiritual journey, there is yet so much more to claim and live.

But the first step is to claim our new identity.

When we believe in Jesus Christ, we have a new relationship with God. We become the children of the eternal Lord of the universe.

Children of God? Really? That’s a big claim to make, I know. Maybe you hesitate to call yourself a child of God because many people in the world today will think your claim is pompous, outrageous, ridiculous, fanatic, and just downright crazy.

I don’t think that, but the world will. That’s the way it will be. Those who don’t believe in Christ will call us crazy fanatics.

But what does God say?

God says He rescued you in order to adopt you. It gave Him great pleasure to do that. You, His beloved child, are His treasure. And He has a great inheritance for His children.

Once we get this into our heads and our hearts, we walk in a new life. It changes our perspective, our attitudes, our behavior, our hope, our view of ourselves, our view of the world–everything.

If you’ve never thought of yourself as a child of God, take this week to step into your new identity. Change how you think about yourself. Read about what God says you are to Him. Ask the Spirit to give you that sense of new identity.

If you have believed for a long time that you are now a child of God, then take this week to celebrate, and ask Him to open your eyes to all that He has for you, His beloved child.

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Psalm Prayer:

Because of your unfailing love, I can enter your house;
   I will worship at your Temple with deepest awe.
(Psalm 5:7)

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© Elaine Starner 2015

Photo credit: Paul Stutzman

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