Summary: Finding our identity as a child of God.
“I Am a Child of God”
Series: Identity: Becoming Who We Are
May 7, 2017 – Brad Bailey
Last week… we began looking at the way we search for identity… for knowing who we are. Identity is the answer to the question… “Who are you?”
A common way we think about our identity… is to think of what we identify with… and what we identify with… generally comes in phases in our life.
My identity changed depending on what I was most into…
Hippie… still close to heart.. as is
Surfing…most of my life until 30’s was spent at the beach and ocean
I have identified myself with each of these areas of interest and lifestyle.
In some ways…they were a PART of who I was and am… but they are not the essence of who I am.
These aspects can serve as distinguishing us…but not as defining us.
They can help us find some social fit…but not our ultimate nature and worth.
Similarly …you may be an employee… sibling… parent… spouse… volunteer. Those may serves as roles we play…but they are not the root of who we are.
Imagine if there was no one else around you… anywhere… and consider if those secondary elements provide much meaning.
The answer to “who we are” must ultimately be rooted in something that is durable something that doesn’t change.
Who you are is not defined by age or stage in life…it is about your source.
1 John 3:1 (NIRV) – “See what amazing love the Father has given us! Because of it, we are called children of God. And that’s what we really are!”
It is what we ARE…not just what we try to be… but what we ARE through Christ.
John 1:12-13 (NLT)
“[Christ] gave the right to become children of God… a birth that comes from God.”
BORN of God…
Your core identity is BIRTHED, not BUILT.
Jesus came to reconcile and restore human life… the central identity of being a child of God… of being rooted in God as Father and His eternal love.
He came to restore our true identity… the identity out of which he lived when he came into this world.
Nothing in this world could change who he was.
Christ was known as carpenter... healer... teacher... even savior. But his identity... was that of being loved by his father – who had declared over him: “this is my son... whom I love.” That is what he lived his life out of.
In this world he was popular…and rejected…and it didn’t change who he was.
This world could love him…or hate him… and it didn’t change who he was.
There would be elements of understanding and joining him…and elements of misunderstanding him and abandoning him… and it didn’t change who he was.
He lived out of the depth of knowing he was bound to God the Father…
This is what he come to restore in us. [1a]
Now ‘Child’ may not sound good if you are emerging out of childhood… ready to stop being ‘just a child’…
Being a child of God is not about age or stage in life…it is about your source.
Who you are is ultimately defined by the nature of who you came from.
And the Scriptures begin with God providing a poetic summary of his creating…and culminates in His declaring…
Genesis 1:26 (NIV)
Then God said, "Let us make man in our image, in our likeness…”