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A man’s name.

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A Man’s True Name…

Simply put…God alone can give us our true name.  Only the Creator can perfectly name His creation. Only the Father can declare “who we are” as sons and daughters and have it be final.

“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.  My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.  Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.  How precious to me are your thoughts, God!  How vast is the sum of them!”  (Psalms 139:13-17)

“Listen to me…Before I was born the Lord called me; from my mother’s womb he has spoken my name. See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands.” (Isa 49:1, 16(a))   

“Do not be afraid, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name, you are mine. . . . You are precious in my eyes, because you are honoured and I love you. . . . The mountains may depart, the hills be shaken, but my love for you will never leave you and my covenant of peace with you will never be shaken” (Isaiah 43:1,4; 54:10).

What powerful truth to receive and live from…we are known for who we truly are and there is a name to reflect that.  We often think, that is for others and not me. I am not that special OR we simply don’t take the time to ask and listen for the Father’s answer.  I wanted to share my dad’s testimony about when he heard the Father speak his true name. This came later in life and I say that to make us aware that it takes time, intentionality, a deep desire to know and a pursuing of our name to hear it!  He has been a godly and honorable man and at the right moment, when he was ready, he heard his true name. Listen to his words…

 “God specifically laid on my heart the name Barnabas. And I have carried the duties of a Barnabas ever since.

Renaming people was common in the Scriptures, for a name described something about the person. In Genesis 17:5-15 Abram is renamed Abraham. Abram, which means “exalted father,” became Abraham, “father of multitudes.” Abraham’s grandson Jacob, whose name means “heel-grabber” and “schemer,” was renamed Israel, “prince of God.” The despondent Naomi asked her neighbors to no longer call her Naomi (delightful), but Mara(bitterness) because of the hard life she had experienced (Ruth 1:20). In the New Testament, a Christ-follower named Joseph was called Barnabas by the apostles (Acts 4:36). Barnabas means “son of encouragement,” which perfectly captured this man’s interactions with other believers and with the church.  

I never saw myself as an encourager, though. A leader, a student of the Word, a dad, a husband and to many a dictator but never an encourager…but Jesus saw something different…beyond my many roles to my heart of hearts…to my deep potential in Christ.

Perhaps this is what Simon felt when Jesus renamed him. After Andrew was convinced that Jesus was the Messiah, he immediately found his brother Simon and brought him to Jesus (John 1:41–42). Jesus peered into his soul and validated and appreciated something deeply true about Simon. Yes, Jesus saw the failure and impetuous nature that would get him into trouble. But more than that He saw the potential of Simon to become a leader in the church. Jesus named him Cephas—Aramaic for Peter—a rock (John 1:42; see Matthew 16:18).

And so it is with us. God sees our pride, anger, and lack of love for others, but He also knows who we are in Christ. He calls us justified and reconciled (Rom. 5:9–10); forgiven, holy, and beloved (Colossians 2:13;3:12); chosen and faithful (Revelation 17:14)…and my personal favorite, son.

I thank God for knowing me fully, yet loving me all the same. Renaming me…and helping me to see others through His “renaming” eyes, too!

So where do we go from here?  We need to know who we are and how the Father sees us or we will always have that question haunting our thoughts.  Ask the Father for your TRUE name and listen intently to His voice! Stay at it. Ask until He answers and know that while you are waiting He is working!  He will tell you, when you are ready and while you are waiting He is preparing you to receive it. Trust in His good heart and good intentions for you!

Start asking and listening!!

Who is it?

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“They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!”—Mark 4:41

Remove everything from your desks, take out a piece of paper and pencil.” When I was a student these bone chilling words announced that “test time” had come.

In Mark 4, we read about on of Jesus’s days by the Sea of Galilee which started with teaching by the seaside (v. 1), ended with a time of testing on the sea (v. 35). The boat that had been used as a teaching platform was used to transport Jesus and a handful of His followers to the other side of the sea. During the journey (while an exhausted Jesus slept in the back of the boat), they encountered a swirling storm (v. 37). I remember my trip by boat on that same body of water…I just wanted to keep my lunch down…but I digress!

Drenched disciples woke Jesus with the words, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?” (v. 38). Then it happened. The One who had exhorted the crowds to “Listen!” earlier in the day (v. 3), uttered a simple, powerful command to the winds of nature—“Quiet! Be still!” (v. 39).

The wind obeyed and the wonder of fear-filled disciples was displayed with the words, “Who is this?” (v. 41). The question was a good one but it would take them a while to honestly and correctly conclude that Jesus was God’s Son.

Mark’s gospel record is filled with mystery and subtlety, yet moves to a clear destination—declaring the identity of Jesus. Throughout his account, Mark provides indicators of Jesus’s identity, beginning with the opening statement of his record, “The beginning of the good news about Jesus the Messiah, the Son of God” (Mark 1:1). He continues to present his case through events like Jesus’s baptism, where the heavenly voice declares, “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased” (v. 11); and Jesus’s transfiguration when the heavenly voice confirms, “This is my Son, whom I love. Listen to him!” (9:7). Finally, what Mark has asserted and the Father has declared is affirmed. But, shockingly, this affirmation comes from a Roman centurion. Following the miraculous events surrounding the crucifixion of Jesus, this military officer agrees, “Surely this man was the Son of God!” (15:39).

Who is Jesus? The Son of God who is worthy of all praise.

Take heart, this story provides for us hope…hope that God has answered all our questions! Sincere, honest, open-hearted questions and experience lead people to the same conclusion today. He is more than a teacher to listen to; He is the God to be worshiped. We no longer are filled with trepidation when faced with our questions of the day…He has given us His answer and His name is Jesus.

contributing author Bob Hartenstein

Not just any task…

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Not just any task…

Recently a good friend shared this quote with me: “We use people to get the task done, God uses the task to get us done.”

Of course I jumped right into what it might mean.

Initially my mind went to being “task driven” vs “people driven”.  I repented of “using” some people that the Father has sent my way and I checked off that box.  

My mind next went to:

Philippians 1:6 – being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.

This verse reminded me of a great truth: Jesus never gives up on us. He never stops restoring us to the people we were created to be. That won’t end until the day He returns.  And again I check of that box.  

Both of those left me sensing there might be more…so I finally calmed my heart and mind to just listen!

What came next really surprised me – Joseph:  the young favored son of Jacob.  He was the BIG dreamer and interpreter of dreams turned slave by his jealous brothers; made a prisoner by Potiphar; and then in a crazy turn of events was made second in command of Egypt by Pharaoh.  I began to journal about Joseph’s life and how the quote – “We use people to get the task done, God uses the task to get us done.”  – might shed some light on his story.  Specifically, I felt a pull towards Joseph’s time in prison.  Unjustly, he was accused of “coming on” to Potiphar’s wife and ended up in prison.  While there he met a few more characters in this ever unfolding story including the baker and the cupbearer to Pharaoh.  They had both been thrown in prison for not serving well.  While incarcerated they had dreams that troubled them and they needed interpretation.  Joseph had the ability to do so, and he told them what their dreams meant.  The cupbearer’s dream was of special importance.  Let’s pick up the story…

Genesis 40: 10-15

So the chief cupbearer told Joseph his dream. He said to him, “In my dream I saw a vine in front of me, 10 and on the vine were three branches. As soon as it budded, it blossomed, and its clusters ripened into grapes. 11 Pharaoh’s cup was in my hand, and I took the grapes, squeezed them into Pharaoh’s cup and put the cup in his hand.”

12 “This is what it means,” Joseph said to him. “The three branches are three days.13 Within three days Pharaoh will lift up your head and restore you to your position, and you will put Pharaoh’s cup in his hand, just as you used to do when you were his cupbearer. 14 But when all goes well with you, remember me and show me kindness; mention me to Pharaoh and get me out of this prison. 15 I was forcibly carried off from the land of the Hebrews, and even here I have done nothing to deserve being put in a dungeon.”

I noticed something really interesting:  Joseph helped the cupbearer, but he also immediately saw the opportunity to get something out of it for himself.  The task was performed to gain a favor from the cupbearer.  He then asked him for that “earned” favor – get me out of prison!

Now, let’s be honest, which of us would not do the same thing?  If wrongfully put in prison, while enduring shame and injustice, wouldn’t you or I be more than willing to help this guy if it meant we might gain an ear with Pharaoh? We would be on it!   “We use people to get the task done.”  TRUTH!!!   

Then another thought hit me.  As my grandpa’s used to love to say to me, ”There is always more going on than meets the eye.”  What else might be going on?  Back to our quote. – ”God uses the task to get us done.”  Certainly the completion of this task was needed, but it was not the end because the cupbearer forgot Joseph. He then sat in prison for another two full years (Gen. 41:1)  Why?  What was the purpose of more time in prison?  What was the Father up to?  We do not know for sure, but we do know that during that time Joseph gained favor with the prison guards who gave him some type of responsibility (Gen. 39:20-23).  Joseph had more tasks to perform.  Then one day, the opportunity came for Joseph to show himself of value and get out of prison.  Pharaoh had a crazy dream and no one could interpret it for him. The forgetful cupbearer remembered Joseph, and on his recommendation Joseph was summoned to Pharaoh’s presence.

Now let’s talk honestly again.  Joseph had to be thinking, “Don’t mess this up, you may not get another chance to get out.”  He wanted to look good, to give Pharaoh a good interpretation, to perform well, to impress him,  and most importantly to earn his freedom.  How did Joseph handle the moment?

Gen: 41:14-16

14 So Pharaoh sent for Joseph, and he was quickly brought from the dungeon.When he had shaved and changed his clothes, he came before Pharaoh.

15 Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I had a dream, and no one can interpret it. But I have heard it said of you that when you hear a dream you can interpret it.”

16 I cannot do it,” Joseph replied to Pharaoh, “but God will give Pharaoh the answer he desires.”

WOW!  What a change in this arrogant young man from trusting in his own abilities, his good looks, and his influence to trusting His Heavenly Dad to answer Pharaoh and not himself.  What caused this change in Joseph?  When it most counted, what Joseph learned by doing all those tasks came flooding out and maybe for the first time.   He recognized that all that he had and was comes from His Father.  The outcome:  Joseph became second in command during one of the most challenging times in this Pharaoh’s rule.  And that is not all…

Let me propose that all he learned caused him to later proclaim to his brothers,  “what you meant for evil God used for good.”  That humility and submission to the Father of all that he was also allowed him to save his entire family from starvation and extinction.   Because through His Father  Joseph’s interpretation and service was so strong it brought them favor with Pharaoh and he invited them to come and dwell in the best of the land in Egypt.  (Genesis 45:4-20)  

What else WAS  going on?

All those meaneal, humbling and maybe even unfair tasks that Joseph performed “completed the man”.  It prepared him to lead, to manage a household, and to distribute food in order to care for an entire nation. It enabled him to rule wisely and to give mercy and then grace when needed.  Most importantly his tasks taught him not to rely on His gifts and abilities but on the power, authority, unlimited ability, provision and purposes of His Father.  The boy became a man.

So what does this say to us?  Sometimes the task that we avoid or pass off to others are the same tasks that the Father wants to use.  He wants to mold and shape, temper and harden, form and grow us into the men we need to be to lead well, to love well and to bring His purposes to pass.  These tasks teach us, shape us, humble us and ultimately prepare us to do the work of the Father and bringing Heaven to Earth by healing the broken hearted, setting captives free and bringing sight to the blind (Isa 61, Luke 4).  These tasks make us “whole and holy”.  Complete, mature and set apart.  So before we complain, pass stuff off, think ourselves too good for something, or avoid something hard, painful or seemingly pointless – humbly ask – is there more here than meets the eye?  Is the Father up to something hard but good?  You can know deep in your heart the answer if you truly seek Him.  If you hear, “Yes, there is more going on.”  You can know this comes from the good heart of our Father.  It may be hard, but it is ultimately very good.  So stay the course brother, press ahead.

“Finish the task set before you that you may attain the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus!” Phil 3:14

Reflection and Relationship

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This week I was looking through pictures of the recent trip my son Jared and I took out West. It was so awesome and special; full of beauty, adventure and challenge.  Before the trip I had been sensing a call to a deeper understanding of our ultimate purpose as humans (not just our mission -what we do). In looking for the ultimate purpose I  take my questions to the Father as His Son. Why did the Father create humankind?  What was His heart? What did He desire to accomplish?  The Father reminded me of Genesis and Ephesians which explain we are created in the image of the Trinity and placed in the garden to be with Him. He also took me to the Nicene Creed, the Apostles Creed, and some of the mystics of the faith. This truth was foundational but I sensed He had more for my heart.  So looking back to the trip, I realize I love nature because my Father uses it to speak truth to me, to capture my heart and call me up into deeper truth, understanding,  adventure, intimacy and love. One of our stops was Sylvan Lake in Custard State Park in South Dakota. These pictures are representative of what we saw and experienced.  Take a look…
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As the Father does, He used this time at the lake to stir my heart and speak to His purpose for mankind. Here is how and where He led me. In these pics you see the “real mountains” and then the reflection of the mountains in the lake.   It’s amazing how the image is clear and crisp and becomes part of the beauty, adventure and perfection.  I felt a nudge
and some deep emotion in those moments to ask – how does the water so perfectly reflect the mountains?  Here are some thoughts:
– the water is close to the mountain: in fact right up against it.
– the water is still.  A ripple or wave instantly changes the waters ability to reflect.
– the water is a part of the larger scenery – the water is “ok” with it’s part and that lets it be a reflection of the mountains and the surrounding area
– the water wasn’t full of things that move it: kayaks, swimmers,  dogs fetching sticks and kids playing. That helped keep the water calm and smooth.
– the water stayed within the banks.  That put it in proximity to the mountains and kept it from being destructive and bring life to the animals and foliage around it.
I am sure you know where this is going! So here are the parallels between the physical and spiritual I felt lead into to by my Father.   The water is me and all children of God.
The mountains and scenery are the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.    So then what do those parallels and pictures speak to me?
– be as close to my Father as I can.  The closer, the better, clearer and truer a reflection of the Trinity I will be.
– be still. Settle my heart, mind and body.  Motion does not mean progress or maturity.
– remember there is a bigger story that I am invited into.   I have a part to play, play it well but remember it’s not my story – it’s His!   My story and my life won’t matter or make sense outside the context of His Greater Story.
– keep my life less full; less busy. Make room for the real purpose of my life – reflection and relationship.
– the “banks” of my life – the boundaries around my life – are meant to give me freedom and life to those around me   Learn to live within them…
I love the way the Father invited me into this moment of intimacy and understanding  and then called me up to live it out!
For me the time at Sylvan Lake reinforced that the ultimate purpose of mankind is to be an image bearer (a reflection of) and to be in intimate fellowship (in relationship with) the Trinity (the whole of God).  (Gen1,2 Eph. 1,2)
I am sure there are more parallels to make, but I thought I’d share what I have been hearing and how that translated into to some concrete actions.
Blessings to you all as you learn of and lean into the purpose for which you were created!
Your brother in Christ,
Chris

 

Perseverance

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Ephesians 2:10 – For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

Ever feel like the work you do, the mission you have, just isn’t coming together? Maybe its hard, maybe people around you aren’t supportive or it just seems impossible. Ever feel like you cannot get your hands around it or control the outcome? And then the doubt “Maybe I have chosen the wrong mission.” This can all be so hard on our heart! As a result it can be so temping to settle. The lure of safety and security, the ease of building an existence that feeds our illusion of control, all the voices we hear on a daily basis; they are all begging us to settle for a smaller story. We’re told we need to build wealth, to have job security, that the path to success is as simple as A+B=C. We look around us and wonder why others seem to prosper, when all we seem to do is strive. But is that all there is? Aren’t we created for more?! All of these voices and messages conflict with the One True Voice that calls us to something greater, the bigger story. The mission that our Heavenly Father has for us is BIG, relative to ourselves. He designed the mission to be lived out in intimacy and dependence on him. We will fail if we go at it alone. Our Heavenly Father has created us for something more! We are designed in His image, with a purpose for our lives, to carry out His will “on Earth as it is in Heaven.” Because our heavenly dad is our creator, he not only knows who we are, but why we are created…He alone has the answers to all of our deep core questions and insecurities. So instead of allowing distractions, confusion, worry, independence, and fear to lead us into a mere existence, lean into your heavenly father who desires that we boldly walk in faith, obedience and intimacy with Him.

Hebrews 12:1 – Let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us!

“Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure… than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.”

Teddy Roosevelt

Purpose and Mission

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As we recently covered, Jesus knew his mission, and executed that mission with more passion and urgency than the world has ever seen. His mission, however, did not end on the cross or in the resurrection. Every day he is fiercely fighting for our hearts! One of the things we fail to grasp or even begin to understand is our place in this fight for redemption and restoration.

Jesus left us with a critical decree, the Universal Mission for the Church: “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”
Matthew 28:19

This is a pretty tall order! Sounds like something that is easily placed on “the church.” But in reality, you and I are the Church. As a result, we are left with a significant question: “what, then, is my individual mission?” This calling is not only for pastors, ministers, missionaries, or the ordained; God has a specific plan and purpose for your life that contributes to the universal mission.

“You did not choose Me but I chose you, and appointed you that you would go and bear fruit, and that your fruit would remain, so that whatever you ask of the Father in My name He may give to you.”
John 15:16

You see, we are CHOSEN by our Heavenly Dad to bear fruit! WE ARE FULFILLING HIS PURPOSES AS SONS…As we live out of our true identity as sons we are ready and able to fulfill our heavenly dad’s mission for our lives. Only with a clear understanding of our true Identity can we believe and receive God’s unique purpose and Mission for our lives. He bestows upon us a Mission that is greater than ourselves, that is masterfully designed for us to carry out along side of Him…it is a Great Adventure. His desire is that we would, as an outflow of our intimate relationship with Him, live purposeful lives as representatives of His personhood and Kingdom. You’ve got an assignment, one you were specifically designed for, “straight from the top.”

From the movie “Saving Private Ryan”

Lt. Col. Anderson: What about our casualties?
Captain Miller: Well, the figures were, thirty five dead, times two wounded. They just didn’t wanna give up those eighty eights.
Lt. Col. Anderson: It was a tough assignment, that’s why you got it.
Captain Miller: Yes, sir.
Lt. Col. Anderson: John, I’ve got another one for ya.
Captain Miller: Yes, Sir.
Lt. Col. Anderson: This one’s straight from the top.

Here are some calibration questions to pray through:

Do you know what your purpose is?

Do you have a sense of purpose every day?

Is your life impacting others?

Do you feel a sense of accomplishment out of your daily investment of time and energy?

Jesus’ Example of Mission

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Luke 4: 16-21 And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up. And as was his custom, he went to the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and he stood up to read. And the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written,

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because he has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives
and recovering of sight to the blind,
to set at liberty those who are oppressed,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”

And he rolled up the scroll and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him. And he began to say to them, “Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.”

We have mentioned this before (and since it’s important, we will mention it again!)…when we look at Jesus’ life we see that he declared his mission AFTER receiving affirmation as a son from his heavenly Father (Luke 3-4). But what is striking is that, even though Jesus knew this mission would cost him, that (especially) those in his home town would ridicule him, he would be rejected by the multitudes, and that those he came to set free and heal would be the very ones that would nail him to a cross (you and me)…even knowing all these things, Jesus boldly and publicly declares his mission and without pause begins executing that mission! So from the outside, from a worldly perspective, it would appear as though Jesus is off his rocker. But the reality is this…Jesus knew the mission was worth the cost,because he was in intimate relationship with his Heavenly Father, carrying out His redemptive will and purpose.

So what about your mission follows Jesus’ example? Is the effect you are having on the earth a direct result of your identity as a child of God? What is your mission “costing” you? What have you had to sacrifice (from the world’s perspective) in order to be in the will of your Father?

“No man is worth his salt who is not ready at all times to risk his well-being, to risk his body, to risk his life, in a great cause.” Teddy Roosevelt

Walking in Sonship

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Straining, striving, working, doing…these are the things that seem to come so natural. I somehow buy into the lie that I can or must “earn” the love of God. It’s so easy to slip back into the mindset of an orphan or a slave, placing perceived security in my performance. But scripture clearly reminds me of the truth:

Galatians 4:6-7 
Because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” Therefore you are no longer a slave, but a son; and if a son, then an heir through God.

Romans 8:14-15
 For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, “Abba! Father!”

In this Truth I find FREEDOM! I am reminded that I can never earn my identity as a son…it is simply offered through the redemption of Jesus offered by a loving father! So I urge you, walk in this freedom. Don’t believe the lie that you must earn God’s love and approval. Do not walk in a spirit of slavery and fear, but walk as a son – a son of a Good Father.

“Failure to recognize the value of mere being with God, as the beloved, without doing anything, is to gouge the heart out of Christianity.” Brennan Manning

The Most Important Thing…

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Sometimes we get the most basic things dead wrong…We so often believe the most important thing about us is what we “do.” What is one of the first questions we typically ask each other?
“What do you do?”
It’s the most common way we identify who we are, our worth, status, or value. However, in contrast, a quick look at Jesus’s life reveals that, before we declare our mission, we must address one unmistakable and absolutely critical area: OUR IDENTITY.
Luke 3:21-22 Now when all the people were baptized, and when Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, the heavens were opened, and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form, like a dove; and a voice came from heaven, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.”
We must understand something critical here…Jesus did not declare his mission from Isaiah 61 until AFTER he was firm in his identity as a son (see Luke 4). The baptism and affirmation from his Father comes BEFORE he declares his mission! So we must emulate this order, and never forget from where we should calibrate our journey.
“IDENTITY rooted in being a SON, lived out through CODE, in COMMUNITY with others make God’s MISSION for our lives possible.”

Our Search For True Identity

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OUR SEARCH FOR VALIDATION AND IDENTITY IS AT THE ROOT OF ALL WE DO AND ALL THAT WE BECOME.
There is a yearning that often we cannot explain that drives us toward something and yet leaves us unsatisfied and unfulfilled. Even if we have accomplished great things in our life, are successful by the world’s standards (even by the church’s standards), there is still a nagging sense that there is more. If we just look around we can see that all of humanity is searching for “who am I?” and “why and I here?” Have you ever stopped and wondered why this is? We believe this is simply because somewhere deep down, consciously or subconsciously, we know we were created to be and for something more…GK Chesterton nailed it:
“Every man has forgotten who he is. One may understand the cosmos, but never the ego; the self is more distant than any star. We are all under the same mental calamity; we have all forgotten our names. We have all forgotten what we really are. All that we call common sense and rationality and practicality and positivism only means that for certain dead levels of our life we forget that we have forgotten. All that we call spirit and art and ecstasy only means that for one awful moment we remember that we forget.”
If we could only remember, if only we knew WHAT to remember!

And so knowing WHERE to search for the answers is “mission critical.” Where we find ourselves today is determined by where we have gone to answer these questions and satisfy this deep longing of our heart. SO lets change our Source for answers and look to our Creator. Here’s the truth: We are all sons and daughters of the one true King and amazing father and we are created in His image! Again GK Chesterton brings some “remembering” when he says: “We were statues of God walking about in a Garden.” We have an original glory, a very distinct and specific design, and qualities of our lives that were created in us by our Heavenly Dad. No wonder we constantly seek and search, because we were created for something far greater than where we find ourselves – our IDENTITY as a son or daughter!

So ask yourself: where do I search for validation and identity? Am I seeking my affirmation from my Heavenly Dad? Or do I attempt to get it through feeling important, being successful, dating the hottest guy or gal, or through addiction that numbs the deep heartache?

“For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us to be adopted as his son through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will.” Ephesians 1:4-5

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