“So you are no longer a slave, but a son; and since you are a son, God has made you also an heir.” Galatians 4:7
Our thinking dictates our mood. Our self-talk dictates our emotions and our behavior. Think about it – if you find yourself smiling for no apparent reason, chances are a funny thought or fond memory flashed through your mind. Your thought caused action. Likewise, self-deprecating thoughts and doubts, and flashes of past failures, can put us in a tailspin of defeat and apathy.
I can remember having a heated conversation in a church parking lot over the profound truth of our identity in Christ. It sounds deep and significant. I was 17 and definitely didn’t have all the theology or right words or an outline, but I did have a SPARK and the TRUTH of God within me. Now you know I am a confrontational person, but I didn’t start this “fight” or even look for it. In fact, it blindsided me. I was still in high school and this person was the father of a peer.
So much of that conversation is a blur, but I can distinctly remember the flash of heat on my cheeks and the fire in my belly and the disbelief that this man could have such a vastly different opinion of who we are as believers. Lots of shifty ground in a span of seconds. At one point, I heard my raised voice and I was saying, “After salvation, in light of Jesus, I AM A SAINT. I AM HOLY. God sees me through the person of Jesus and I am not a sinner riddled in shame anymore.”
We ended the exchange favorably, but it was the first time I realized that being in church, and loving Jesus doesn’t equate similar beliefs and core teachings. Eye opening to say the least. But this one thing, that our sins are washed white as snow is the heart of my faith. (See Isaiah 1:18 and beloved hymn Jesus Paid it All).
Royalty. Heirs. Favored ones. As a believer of Jesus you are adopted into the family. You are co-heirs with Christ and share in His authority. What a privilege! Do you see yourself this way? As holy, blameless, and free from shame? Clothed in royal robes and fully equipped to accomplish every good work?
As odd as it may sound, this has never been a difficult concept for me to grasp. Because I believe in Jesus and trust His work on the cross – His death, burial, and resurrection from the dead three days later – He was the fulfillment. The ultimate sacrifice and my sins both past and future have all been removed. His grace covers my sin and I have been washed by the powerful and redemptive blood of Jesus. In God the Father’s eyes I am clean. Spotless.
These points are critical. It defines everything else about me. How I view myself in light of Jesus impacts every other thought. I have been set free and am a child of God. Yes, I still struggle. Yes, I still sin. But I am not a sinner. I am not a struggling, desperate, forgotten, or misplaced child. I don’t need to whine, act out, flail my arms, or perform religious duties to earn the ear of God or the grace of God. God is a loving Father. He delights in me. I have been fearfully and wonderfully made.
We are all one in Jesus, belonging to Him through faith. Pure. Holy. A royal priesthood. Chosen. Set apart. If I truly believe these truths it will flow into every part of my thinking, my speaking, and my acting.
“The Lord your God is with you, He is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.” Zephaniah 3:17
Another version says He will rejoice over you with “shouts of joy!” I love the imagery of this. God is near. He is present. He is always moving, working, speaking. He is on the throne. Jesus is at His right hand and is interceding on our behalf. Holy Spirit lives within us, empowering, and comforting, and teaching, and convicting us. We have all we need for life and godliness.
Loves, this is a game-changer. How do you view Father God? Is it hard to think of yourself in this way? It’s time we begin to think and speak out our identity as royalty because you are a child of the King of Kings.