So How Do You Identify Yourself?

Published by Deborah Negron – Child of God

January 14, 2022

We describe ourselves as those who have a specific function.
A job, a title, an ethnic connection is what we often identify with.

I lovely ethnic group. I love the family I was born in. I have had wonderful parents and beautiful siblings. Yes I have a family of my own and it is an honor to have them.
Yet this day I am pondering on my greatest role and position. My greatest office and privilege in this life.

I have been called A Child of God 1 John 3:1). My identity in Christ is my most precious role.
I have had the gift of Salvation and God’s Forgiveness. (John 3:16-17)
I was lost and now I am found.
I was a sinner and now I am held in high esteem by then who calls me the apple of his eye.

I am called now to do the work of the ministry.
One who was before poor and weary, destitute and broken is now called to serve in honor. (James 2:5, Hebrews 6:10) That is to love and share the love of God to those who need to be rescued from a life that is empty and unfulfilled.

My identity is that,
I am Chosen (Ephesisns 1:4-5)
It was not any merit of my own. No Jesus chose me to be his elect. Before I was even born he chose me and had a position for me.
Let me tell you,
But when he who had set me apart before I was born, and who called me by his grace,
was pleased to reveal his Son to me, in order that I might preach him among the Gentiles, I did not immediately consult with anyone;
Galatians 1:15-16

These words came from Apostle Paul’s letter to the Galatians.
Yet the wonderful truth is that that the have been transferred for me.
You see God’s word has the power to give us the picture of the heart of God.
God’s word says that it is his desire that none should perish.
He has caused me to be born again.

When my dad passed in October of 2022. The wisest pastor and such a dear man of God our pastor Juan Radhames Fernandez demonstrated to us the very heart of God, for my dad.

During the message he spoke at dad’s funeral our pastor described who Christ was for my dad. He never mentioned all the accomplishments or the shortcomings. He did not mention that my dad had been perturbed most of his life by mental illness. He did not mention what kinds of careers my dad had in life. Dad had served as a Minister and as a NY state Prison Chaplain.
He did not mention how many things dad had not been able to complete when he became ill.

No, our Pastor spoke of who Dad had been as a Child of God. He spoke of how he cherished being in God’s presence. He spoke of how gentle Dad had been. He even said, he had gained much strength from observing the way in which my Dad was totally commited to serving the Lord.
He spoke of not his earthly heritage but, of his heavenly one.
Our pastor spoke of how much Dad reflected Christ with everyone he met. As, I thought of this this new year. I realized the Dad I admired the most as a child was a good man. But the man he grew to become at the latter part of his life was greater.
He truly had a Christ like character.

As I think on Who I am.
I choose to Identify with the one who gave His life on the Cross for my Redemption.
I too, Identify Myself as a Child of God. A Servant and a Vessel He can use to reach others with the Love of God.

I am loved by an Awesome Heavenly Father. Jesus is the Father to all those Born Again sons and Daughters.
His name is Above every other name.

So, I am…

He offers beauty for ashes and honor for disgrace. He offers mercy instead of condemnation and cleanses us from sin.
He offers Life Eternal instead of Death.

Oh I Identify Myself as a Follower, A Believer, A Child of the King.

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