Saturday, May 3, 2014

Child of God: Identity Part 1

About one week ago, days after Easter, Nick and I received news that a friend and his father had been killed, his wife injured, and their work cut short. Because our friends have deep, unwavering, life-changing faith in Jesus Christ, the only joy is a Resurrection joy. We miss him here on earth yet we know with certainty that he will have eternal life. We have deep sympathy for the struggles our friends, his wife, child, and other family, face living in the in-between time. It has me thinking a lot of identity, and whether or not we give our past self too much life, instead of living in the reality of Jesus's kingdom which is already here.

"Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by being obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has exalted him..." Philippians 2:4-9

Live the Life to Which God Has Called You

The kind of life that this friend lived on this earth, was a life focused on bringing Jesus's love and kingdom to one corner of the world. His skills were helpful and he was very knowledgeable, but his relationship with Jesus was worth more. He loved the people of his adopted country more than himself. He lived looking to the future reality of eternal life in God's kingdom fully come. He very clearly said during a visit last year, that what one does is not so important as doing what God desires; live the life to which God has called you. Because his self-worth and vision were firmly rooted in Jesus and his kingdom, this friend could endure all things.

"Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another as God in Christ forgave you. Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God." Ephesians 4:32-5:2

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