Good Morning! Get ready to feel loved!
The estimated population of the U.S right now is 328.2 Million. Of those numbers, over eight million people occupy New York City, as of 2018. As of 2019, an estimated 206.9 million live in incorporated areas, meaning small towns. About 76% of the approximately 19,500 incorporated places had fewer than 5,000 people. And about 42 % had fewer than 500 people. The village in which I live has a population of just over 780.
So, why am I throwing all these stats at you? Bear with me, I have a point.
Each person that is a part of those millions of people, has an identity. They have a name; a name which their parent gave them at the time of their birth. They are “stuck” with that name for their entire life. Each person has at least three names; your first name is who you are, your last name is where you are from, and your middle name…that’s for your mom to use.
Combining all those names makes up our identity. A lot of people carry their name with pride, or they love something about it. In life we have other names that we often attach to ourselves or other people might attach to us, and those are not ones we carry with pride.
Names such as:
We sometimes allow the world, and even ourselves, to be labeled by those words. And soon it becomes a part of our identity. Too often we believe those words, those extra names that get attached to us, and we think that is who we are.
But we have the power and the capability to erase each of those names, because, for each negative name that we are labeled with, God calls us the opposite.
God gives us titles and names that overrule what we may call ourselves. And they are:
Child of God
All those wonderful names, He calls You. Me. Us.
But it is so easy sometimes to continue to believe those negative names and believe them to be true.
When that happens, remind yourself…
God Says You are Worthy of My Love
Ephesians 2:4-5 says
4 But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us,
5 even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved) …
Even in our imperfections and mistakes, God still and always will love us.
According to the dictionary, synonyms for worthy are valuable, admirable, precious, and worthwhile. We sometimes feel the opposite of all those words.
But look at ourselves through God’s eyes; He created us, sent His son to die for us, gives us His promises, He never leaves us…In His eyes, we are worthy of everything God’s gives us. And that should be enough.
You are precious in my eyes, and honored, and I love you. – Isaiah 43:4
We are God’s Masterpiece
You weren’t an accident. You weren’t mass produced. You aren’t an assembly-line product. You were deliberately planned, specifically gifted, and lovingly positioned on the Earth by the Master Craftsman. — Max Lucado
Think of some of the human body. It has 206 bones, a built-in defense mechanism against germs, if we break a bone, repair begins within a few hours of the injury. The human body is fascinating. Not just in the way it looks but in the way it manages all of the systems.
The complex system of our body did not just happen, there is a type of precision in forming the human body and the way it works was created by God. And because of that, we are considered God’s workmanship, His masterpiece. We are literally God’s works of art.
Ephesians 2:10 says
For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
Sometimes we can feel like a mistake like something is not just right about us, but God does not make mistakes. He did not miscalculate any part of bringing you into existence. God knew every aspect of your being before the world began. He set your hair color and style, eye color, height, and personality makeup. And it is perfect.
God Calls Us His Child
We cannot begin to understand the love of God, He sent His only son to die for our sins, and through that amazing love, we can have forgiveness of sins and be a part of God’s family.
This summer one of my best friends accepted Christ as her savior, and she became apart of the family of God. She became God’s child.
Some of us may come from small families, but if we are saved, we are a part of a much larger family. I know when I go to church, I am going to be among a much larger family, knowing that I am among my brothers and sisters in Christ. It’s amazing being not only a part of a large family but also being called God’s child.
1 John 3:1 says
See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.
We are not unworthy, lonely, a nobody, a failure. broken. We are, forgiven, free, His Masterpiece, Child of God, loved, we are His.
These are the titles and identities we need to label ourselves with; we have a much greater name than just our earthly name. When we are a part of God’s family, we are not a failure or lonely, we are loved and we are His.
This brings to mind some lyrics from a favorite song called He Knows My Name, by Francesca Battistelli
He calls me chosen, free, forgiven, wanted, child of the King
His forever, held in treasure…
I am loved
Each negative name that we are labeled with, God calls us the opposite.
If you would like to dive deeper into discovering your identity in Christ, I highly recommend this book.
It is all about the names and titles God gives us. We are called one thing by the world, but it is what God calls us that should define who we are.
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