Summary: Jesus provides the Father’s blessing that unites all in ‘common unity’ in which we can be united while diverse.

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Bound in Blessing

Series: Living in the Blessing

Brad Bailey - October 3, 2010

Summary: When we cease to be rooted in relationship with our common Creator as our Father… we are left to find our identity through something secondary we share in common with others… and the result is that we become defined and divided by every difference. Jesus provides the Father’s blessing that unites all in ‘common unity’ in which we can be united while diverse. Point: Must let go of finding blessing in our differences… and join the common blessing that defines us as one in God.

Intro – In this series we’ve begun to engage how God has sought for us to experience his blessing upon our lives. … as Jesus lived in the constant affirmation and pleasure of the father of all… and said he came to restore us as children of God. I’m not referring to some form of material blessing that many presume in terms of wealth and health… for even Jesus had no place to lay his head and was crucified by the age of 33. The blessing that defined Jesus’ life was his relationship to the Father… the blessing of OURSELVES as those he loves.

As we noted over the past couple weeks… our deepest issue is not that we simply don’t do what we should… but that we don’t know who we are. We are not living in relationship to who we really are.

So as we noted… what is the first question God poses to human life that has sought life apart from Him? “Where are you?” It’s clear that God is not asking because he can’t find them… but because they can’t find themselves. In choosing to seek life apart from God… to define themselves independent of God… which is ultimately to lose ourselves because being those who bear God’s image as children bearers … is who we truly are.

So the first question God asks is “Where are you?” Like the sign that shows you where your destination is… but is of no value until you first can locate yourself with that little symbol and words: ‘You Are Here.’ Like the Prodigal Son who has left home and found himself in a distant country.. squandering his father’s inheritance and ultimately stripped of the dignity he was intended to hold…. so in Genesis we begin see the consequences of life apart from God.

When we lose our true sense of identity… everything other aspect of life becomes broken.

Show me a child who feels insecure… uncertain… and you can often begin to see how they act out in destructive ways.

This leads to the second questions which God asks. Do you know what it is?

“Where is your bother?”

Just as when he asked Adam and Eve where they were… it is not a question posed because of what God could not see… but of what we could not see. Just as the most important first question posed to humanity was that which would reflect the condition of having sought our own self determined and self-defined existence… now God poses that which reflects the broken relationship between the human family. [Note 1]

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