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Identity – Part Two

But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:  Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
John 1:12-13 – King James Version (KJV)
Now that we have decided who Jesus is, perhaps we should look at our own identity.
When we are introduced to someone new, there are several identity type questions that spring to mind. Where are you from? Who are you related to? What do you do?
Take a minute and try to define who you are without answering any of those questions.
Yes, it is harder than it looks.
This is who God says you are. You are His child.
Some years ago, my friend Sandra and I were talking about children. She had five. I had four. And she was laughing at the thought that we were in charge of family planning. “We think it’s because of our love for our husbands that these children were born. We had nothing to do with it. Each child was conceived when God said ‘(Name of child) come forth!’  We had very little to do with it.”
She had come to the same conclusion as the poet, William Wordsworth.
Our birth is but a sleep and a forgetting:    
The Soul that rises with us, our life’s Star,    
        Hath had elsewhere its setting,    
          And cometh from afar:    
        Not in entire forgetfulness,    
        And not in utter nakedness,    
But trailing clouds of glory do we come      
        From God, who is our home:
from his Ode – Intimations of Immortality from Recollections of Early Childhood
We started as His children. We were born into a world of sin and God-forgetfulness, becoming children of the world and of sin. When we believe on Jesus as our Lord and Saviour, we claim our identity as God’s children.
And God claims us as His children.  What a privilege!  What a responsibility!
Father, God,
Help us to understand the depth of Your love that called us forth into this life and that redeems us from the world. Grant that we may be ever aware of Your love, Your generosity, Your provision. Give us the grace to extend to others as we witness to them about Who You are and how much You love them.
In Jesus’ most precious name.
Amen.
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The Meaning of Life

Focus verses: Ecclesiastes 12:13,14

Solomon’s wisdom is summed up in these two verses. He has gone through it all. Pleasure, pain, work, leisure, poverty, wealth. He has seen it all and done it all. And he comes to this conclusion.

Now all has been heard,
here is the conclusion of the matter.
Fear God and keep his commandments,
for this is the whole duty of man.
For God will bring every deed into judgment,
whether it is good or evil.

Nothing has value except for the eternal. Your obedience to God is your ultimate service and the only thing that will matter in the end. Anything else is just smoke in the wind.

We have daily duties without eternal value, the mundanities of tending the physical realm around us. Meals must be prepared, dishes done, laundry tended, lawns mowed, carpets vacuumed. We could go on and on. But these items are not to consume us.

Fearing God and keeping his commandments should be the substance of our days. That is all that will make a difference in the end.

Father, God,

Keep us ever mindful that You are the focus of our lives. Help us to remain undistracted by the everyday and to focus on You as the center of our lives.

In Jesus’ most precious name.
Amen.

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