I have lost my identity! Well, sort of. Let me explain. I have five name tags. Two are for my church. One is my name tag as a member the second one is a name tag from the church but with Congregational Care team listed under my name. Another name tag is from church and it says I am a United Methodist Women member. Another name tag has my name on it, but it adds United Methodist Central Texas Conference United Methodist Women ( basically meaning I am on the Conference Team for the UMW). The last one is my name tag for Harvest House as a Client Advisor where I volunteer. Those are just the name tags I need to wear when I participate in each of those activities. That is not to mention that some people call me wife, mother, grandmother, and sister. Along with those titles, I am an Aunt, friend, and neighbor. I could go on, but you get the point.
I have been excellent in keeping them all straight and wearing them as I should and when I should, except for last week. We were busy passing out school supplies at the place where I volunteer. At last count, we gave away 440 backpacks with school supplies in three days. So, to say I was a bit tired at the end of each day is an understatement. One morning I picked up a name tag from the place I volunteer. I went to the organization that morning. The first thing we do is to gather and pray before the clients are welcomed. One of the volunteers came up and said, “Oh, I see you have a new name tag.” Without really looking I said, “No same one I’ve always had.” To which she replied, “Really? It looks different.” I said, “No. Same one.” We went on with our day.
That evening I got home and took off my name tag. The magnet on the back fell off and I leaned down to pick it up when I noticed I had worn the wrong name tag to the wrong place. I laughed thinking back about the conversation I had earlier in the day. No wonder the poor lady was confused and I added to her confusion. Needless, to say the next day I found this lady and apologized. We both had a good laugh.
This brings me to the point I want to make. I may from day to day not know who I am or what exactly my role is for that day, but there is one thing I know for certain. I know whose I am.
In the Bible, it states very clearly that I am God’s child. 2 Corinthians 6:18″And I will be a father to you, And you shall be sons and daughters to Me,” Says the Lord Almighty.” I may not know who I am at the time, but I know I belong to God. I am his daughter and he is my Father. There is no doubt in my mind.
When I accepted God as a young believer I was adopted into the family and became an heir. “And since we are his children, we are his heirs. In fact, together with Christ, we are heirs of God’s glory. But if we are to share his glory, we must also share his suffering.” Romans 8:17
As I was looking up scriptures that tell me I AM a child of God I found so many I couldn’t list them all here. If you are in doubt please take the time to look these up and find the many more scriptures that tell you, you ARE God’s child. In the meantime, know for sure if you have accepted Christ you are God’s child. I have the confidence I have been adopted and I am in His family.
So what does it mean to be a child of God? Let’s think this through. When you were born you had a mother and a father. A part of them is in your makeup. You may have your mom’s looks and your dad’s personality. Or you may have a trait that belongs to one or both of them. They are a part of who you are. So, if we believe this then God is in us and we have a part of him in our makeup of who we are.
Remember I am not a theologian, I am just stating what I think. I could be dead wrong, but I think when we are born God is in each of us. There comes a point in our life that we have to decide if we are going to follow him or go out on our own. A part of that decision is based on our circumstances, our environment and our belief system we grew up in. Just as a part of our parents are in us we get the choice as adults to keep that part of our parents with us and stay close or we can choose to be like the prodigal son and go out on our own and live the way we choose. Even if we choose to walk away from God he stays inside each of us yearning for our return. He is always a breath prayer away.
We know if we are heirs of someone we inherit things they leave behind. So if we are heirs of God what do we inherit? First and foremost if we stay with him through the end we will receive eternal life. Very simply put we will be with him forever. The second most important thing for me is the knowledge that since I am his child he is going to stick with me no matter what. He will never leave me or forsake me. Deuteronomy 31:6 states, “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”
If we are his sons and daughters then we also have been given the Holy Spirit to guide us, direct us and to teach us.
Finally, as sons and daughters, we can know his love, his grace, his mercy, his peace and all the other wonderful things he has promised us.
So while I may not know who I am some days, I know whose I am. I can live with the confidence that I am a child of God.
I want to leave you with a call to worship I did once. I have grown to love it. I think it fits for today.
I Am God’s Child!
Leader: I may be white…I may be black…
All: I may be uptight, but I am still God’s child.
Leader: I may be rich…I may be poor.
All: I might be exciting…I might be a bore;
Leader: But I am still God’s child!
All: I may be big… I may be small…
Leader: I might be going out…I might be coming in;
All: but I am still God’s child!
Leader: Mistreated, unseated…
Leader: Be never defeated, because I am God’s child!
All: I am God’s child!
Go in the confidence that YOU ARE God’s child.
Dear God: I do get a bit confused, but one thing I am sure of I AM your child. I can say that with confidence. Now I need to live like I know I am you, child. Help me to live with the confidence I need to be your child. Thank you for accepting me into your family. Thank you for being my Father and never deserting me.
I love you God and I am thankful for the opportunity to be in your family. Amen