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"A New Season"

"Identity" (Relational Truth: part 1)

          Who am I? This is one of the most basic and essential questions related to my human life. The truth of who I really am is revealed to me by my Heavenly Father in the context of a tender, loving relationship. Yes, it is the Father who makes known to me my true identity: This is "relational truth". This truth is unveiled for me in the midst of an intimate friendship with the Father: "In your light we see light" (Psalm 36:10). In the "light " of the Father's tremendous love for me, I "see" the truth: I am His child. The "world" can give me an identity, but it will never be my true identity. Only the Father can speak into my heart my true identity: "You are my son; today I am your father" (Psalm 2:7).

          The word, today, roots me in the present moment, the 'here and now' moment which is the only reality I have in which to experience life. With the Father, each day is new: "The favors of the LORD...his mercies...are renewed each morning, so great is his faithfulness" (Lam. 3:22,23). A child most often accepts and embraces the reality of the present moment rather than focusing on a past that is over, or on a future that is not yet and hence remains veiled. The Father exhorts me not to live in the past: "Remember not the events of the past, the things of long ago consider not; See, I am doing something new!" (Is. 43:18-19). The Father is the One who promises me a "tomorrow" of His own making: "A future full of hope" (Jr. 29:11). Jesus tells me, "Do not worry about tomorrow" (Mt. 6:34).

          Each of us is either a precious son or a precious daughter of our Dearest Father--our Precious, tender "Abba"! This is relational truth. A precious Father only creates precious children: "You are precious in my eyes" (Is. 43:4). The word, precious, means 'worth, valuable, highly esteemed, cherished, dear, beloved'. The root meaning of the word is, 'price'. The words, praise and price, both share this same root meaning. On the cross Jesus paid the "price" of the shedding of his blood so that we might be reconciled with  God and experience how precious we are to the Father. Authentic Christian praise springs from a heart that is aware of being in the presence of one's Precious, Heavenly Father: "You are precious in my eyes" (Is. 43:4). It is who I am in the "Eyes" of the Father that matters most. His Eyes are the "Eternal Eyes" of the God who is Love (see 1 John 4:8): "You will always be a child in my eyes" (lyrics from Christian song, "Always be a child", by Ray Boltz). 

Questions:

1)   Is my relationship with the Heavenly Father intimate and secure, or in need of healing and growth?

2)   Am I aware of, and firmly rooted in, my true identity as child?

Scriptures:

Any scripture from the text; 1 Ch. 17:13-14; Mal. 2:10A; Mt. 18:1-5; John 20:17B

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