Our Essential, True Self Identity (Part 5)

When Jesus had been baptized, just as he came up from. the water, suddenly the heaves were opened to him and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, the Beloved, with whom I am well pleased.” (Matthew 3:16-17)

See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and that is what we are. (1 John 3:1)

You did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received a spirit of adoption. When we cry, “Abba! Father!” it is that very Spirit bearing witness with our spirit that we are children of God. (Romans 8:15)

Jesus once said, “Unless you become like children, you will be no means enter the kingdom of God.”

Hmmm. I wonder. 

I often hear this being said as a kind of warning, of missing out on something, of impending failure. Probably true in some way. 

I wonder if we can hear this as an invitation instead? 

“You are children of God and as such you are invited into the kingdom of God.” 

I am a beloved son of God. God has called me a child of God. The Spirit of God bears witness with my spirit that I am a child of God. And with that, I cry out, “Abba! Father!”

As I consider what God has to say about my essential, True Self identity, this is what it comes down to. I am a child of God. I am a son of God. Before I am anything else and even before sin can come in and do its destructive work, I am this. I am a child of God, I am! Whatever message the world may give me and whatever distorted image may be suggested to me by demonic forces, and even whatever I may say to myself…none of these will deny the fundamental reality that I am a beloved son of God. 

I suspect that the warning Jesus gave us was to let go of something that is leading me astray. This is the self that I construct for the world to embrace. It is a life that I won’t let go of, but it is a life of the ego manifesting itself as something that does not exist. It is a wonderful thing to watch a child be a child before the false, ego self begins to take hold. There is this wonderful abandon in which the child lives that is beautiful. This is the invitation.

I choose to abide in the reality of being a child of God. I can abide in this reality with God and rest. There is nothing I need to prove. There is no one I need to impress. I can simply be who I am as a beloved son of God. 

And for this I am grateful!

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