Our Identity does not change, but our seasons do and this Covid/BLM season has been disorienting and has needed much prayer and navigation for me.
I have been taking a powerful class on integrating my identity. I would strongly recommend it. It is taught by Jeff Comeaux, and is a nine week course. For more information contact Jeff at firstname.lastname@example.org or me at email@example.com
A comfort has been a new understanding for me of the verse I Cor 13:12b-13: “Now I know in part, then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. And know these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”
The fact that He knows me fully, and I only understand a part gives me even more reason to lean in and listen to who He says I am, and to be comforted and confident that His love and kindness will guide me.
As a child of God we are given truths about ourselves that are universal to all who call Him Father. He also has a personal name for each of us.
I want to take you through an application activity, used by permission from Live Integrous, on our universal inheritance.
Activity: God’s calling you by name. Do this activity twice, setting aside 10-15 mins each time.
“In two different seasons for Jesus, the Father gives him the same identity statement: “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased” (Matt 3:17, !7:5) There is no substitute for these three bedrock truths God gives about your identity as His son or daughter:
1. You are my son/daughter
2. I love you
3. And I like you
There is nothing to upgrade or improve upon. If you know nothing else about your identity, open your heart fully to knowing these three things about who you are.
Which one of the three is easiest to receive and which one is the hardest? Why?
How is the presence or absence of each truth impacting your identity?
Which of these truths about who you are is God highlighting in your current season?”
Personally I found it easiest to believe God loves me, and most difficult to believe He likes me,
especially as I don't like my way of responding in some situations. I found it comforting to realize I might not like my children's choices in all situations, but I still really really like them! I found it most interesting to think about what characteristics of God I see in my character.
I hope you will spend time with these truths this week and let them be the bedrock you stand on!