Sometimes, our identity in life is defined by our past mistakes. Other times, it is defined by our current circumstances.
If trials come, we call ourselves the “afflicted one”.
In a career setback, we call ourselves the “jobless one”.
When our health reports came unexpected, we call ourselves the”sickly one”.
When the desire for a child came later than expected, we call ourselves “the barren one”.
Dwelling in our circumstances takes our eyes off to who we really are. Jesus didn’t die on the cross for us to be called the “afflicted”, the “jobless”, the “sickly”, the “barren”. Jesus came for us so that in Him we can be called the “Child of God”. He came so that even though we may suffer afflictions, setbacks, sickness and barrenness so that we may have life despite all of these things. Jesus came so that we can have an identity in Him.
We are chosen.
We may experience affliction, but we will never be abandoned, never forsaken.
Jesus is for us. And because of this truth, we can put our identity into practice. Our faith in Jesus is secured. We are who God says in the Bible because of what Jesus did at the cross.
Blessed Sunday everyone.