Jaxon pipes up, “I have pockets and Daddy has pockets. We both have pockets!”
He is three years old and a connector . . . always looking for things that affirm his belonging and worth in our family. We call out these connections all day long, for him, and for all of us.
“Payton loves salty snacks like Mommy.”
“Jaxon and Jacob are both such good wrestlers.”
“We all like to snuggle – our whole family does.”
“Sophia is an encourager just like Mommy.”
“Jaxon is so smart like Daddy.”
We make a habit of affirming our connection to one another, not even realizing that we are doing it. We. Us. Family. Same. Together. These are the words we use to weave the fabric of our days.
As they grow up, three of our four children will know that they were not ours at birth, but set aside for our family nonetheless. As they gain more understanding, we pray that there will be no doubt that our hearts and lives were always meant to be shared.
Dear ones, God speaks these words over us as well. We were not born into His family, but adopted. You were set aside from birth to be known and loved by Him. It gets even better! He is not some outsider, simply weighing in on matters of importance. He literally dwells in you, inhabiting your entire being.
“I am the Light of the World . . . I am in you, so you shine like I do.”
“I am the Hope of the World . . . I am in you, so you bring hope to the hopeless.”
“I am the Bread of Life . . . I am in you, so you nourish the souls of those you touch.”
“I am the Prince of Peace . . . I am in you, so your thoughts and emotions remain at peace in spite of your circumstances.”
“I am the Lion of Judah . . . I am in you, so you are courageous when faced with a battle.”
Oh, the list goes on! I encourage you to study the many names and characteristics of our God and find your identity in those words. He created you in His image and loves nothing more than to see His personality and heart reflected in you.
The more we internalize our identity in Christ, the more we love ourselves, the more we can fully love others. It is a beautiful circle, flowing and growing as we further embrace who we are in Him.
The following is my favorite passage in the Bible. The moment I read it, it changed my relationship with Jesus forever. Please read it an imagine me praying it over you as Paul did over the Ephesians. Allow it to wrap around your heart and mind so you will remember who you are in Christ.
Ephesians 3:14-21 reads:
For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.