EAGLES LIVING LIKE CHICKENS (How God Sees Us – 2)
One day a farmer found an eagle egg and put it with his chickens who hatched and raised it. The baby eagle walked, ate and acted like the other chickens. It never tried to fly. It took its identity from those around him and never saw himself as the regal creature he really was. Unfortunately, that is true of many Christians today as well. Satan does not want us to identify ourselves as children of God. He wants us to scratch around in the dirt and live a listless life that doesn’t count for God’s Kingdom. But that’s not who God made us to be. In the previous blog we looked at what our true identity in Jesus really is. We must understand and focus on who we are in God’s sight, not as the world sees us or as we often see ourselves. Here are some more facts about our new spiritual identity.
You are both born into and adopted into God’s family. Which would be better: to be born into a family where you are truly one with the others or to be adopted where you were actually and purposefully chosen to be part of the family? As a Christian, you are born into God’s family and therefore eternally chosen and united with Him (Ephesians 1:4). You are also willingly adopted into His family by the One who knows absolutely everything about you. John 1:12 “Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.” Ephesians 1:5 “He predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will.” You have the security that comes from being in His family by birth as well as the assurance of knowing you were wanted and chosen despite your faults and sins.
God calls you His friend. Just being in a family doesn’t mean you always get along with those who gave you birth or adopted you, but with God we have assurance we are always loved and wanted. He calls us His friend. John 15:15 “I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.” God doesn’t just tolerate you or put up with you – He enjoys you and initiates a friendship with you! What could be better than having the God of the universe call you His friend!
Because you are part of God’s family, you are also part of the family of believers. You are not alone, unloved, rejected, overlooked or unimportant. Because God is your Father and Jesus your elder Brother, all other believers are your brothers and sisters in Christ. You are not alone. You belong. You must see yourself as part of the Body of the Redeemed, the most special group of people in the world! 1 Corinthians 12:27 “Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. “ You belong. You are equal to all the others. You are special and important.
You are important enough to have God’s immediate attention any time you want. In the Old Testament, the Jews could only enter God’s Presence through the High Priest, and that was only one day a year, Yom Kippur, and was done with fear of rejection and death. Now you can talk to Him any time you want without fear of rejection. That’s how special you are to Him. Ephesians 2:18 “For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit.” Ephesians 3:12 “In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.” You may not be able to talk to the president of the USA, but you can talk to the Creator of the universe any time you want!
Add these to the truths in the last blog and keep them written down somewhere where you can easily see them. When Satan attacks your self-image, remember how God sees you. That’s who you really are! You are the person God created and sees when He looks at you!
Have you thought about your spiritual identity during the past week?
Where have you found your greatest struggles?
Which of these truths that were presented above do you need most right now? Write out the Bible verses and carry them with you. Read them whenever your true identity falters. Memorize them.
cto Rev. Dr. JERRY SCHMOYER
Christian Training Organization
(India Outreach, Spiritual Warfare, Family Ministries, Counseling, World View)
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