Our child-of-God selves…

December 23, 2007 at 11:26 am 3 comments

Fountain Hills, Arizona

After so many winters in the Northwest, it is hard here in the Valley of the Sun, to get our minds around the reality that it is December 22, the first day of winter.  How blessed we are to enjoy so much sunshine these last several months in Oklahoma and now Arizona.  Tomorrow morning we leave for Utah where it is cold, but the sun is still shining. 

Do any of you read the Scriptures from the Message?  This morning I read these words from John 1:11-13:  He came to his own people, but they didn’t want him.  But whoever did want him, who believed he was who he claimed and would do what he said, He made to be their true selves, their child-of-God selves (John 1: 11- 13)

Part of the Christmas story, the story of the coming of the Savior, has to be the recovery of who we really are, who we were created to be.  The Message says it so well: He made us to be (our) true selves, (our) child-of-God selves.  So many of us spend our entire lives trying to figure out who we are and what our destiny is and Jesus came with this simple Word; we find our child-of-God-selves by believing His claims about Himself and doing what He did.

The enjoyment and fulfillment of life and the opportunity to walk into our God appointed destiny is not found in more education, success, money, relationships, accruing more stuff or any other cultural definition of fulfillment.  Destiny comes from knowing who we are as children of a Father who loved us before we were ever conceived.

Destiny is in all of us, placed their by our Father.  Discovery of that destiny is found in becoming our child-of-God selves and by walking out what it means to believe the Gospel-the Good News.

These words from Isaiah 61, a prophetic Word about Jesus, give us a clue as to what our destiny is: The Spirit of God, the Master, is on me because God anointed me. He sent me to preach good news to the poor, heal the heartbroken, Announce freedom to all captives, pardon all prisoners. God sent me to announce the year of his grace… (vv..1-2 The Message)

The world we live in is full of human beings scarred and broken by abuse, neglect, fear, brokenness, hatred, loneliness, sickness, anxiety, loss, insanity, addiction and other maladies of the mind, body and soul. 

Even those who outwardly exhibit no symptoms are often unaware of their destiny and so muddle along hoping that around the corner there will come meaning and purpose to their life.  As I heard said a few months ago-“Ain’t nothing wrong, but something ain’t right”.

The message of the Christmas season is through reasoned agreement (belief) with who Jesus was, what He did and what He said, we can become our child-of-God selves, find our destiny. 

This surely is the good news of the gospel and the wonder of the message we celebrate at this season. The Father’s children are not all perfect children who have been brought up in perfect homes, with perfect lives. We are more like foster children who have been abused and abandoned by our own families and cultures.  Failures, misfits and wannabe’s, broken, lonely, sick and lost.

We are all scarred and disfigured in some way by our upbringing or by our interactions with the world around us, yet our Father reaches out in deep compassion and love to draw us into an environment in which we can become our child-of-God selves and enter into the joy of Abba’s wonderful kingdom.

Whatever else you may think this season is about, it has to be about destiny, otherwise the Good News is only for some time in the future.  Destiny is not future it is now and it is found in the discovery of our true selves, our child-of-God selves


Entry filed under: Advent, Authority, Belief, Christianity, Church, Culture, Faith, Family, Holy Spirit, Jesus, Kingdom, Miracles, Revelation, Supernatural, The Father, Thoughts, Travel.

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. The Prodigal Son  |  December 23, 2007 at 2:54 pm

    It’s all in the Word!

  • 2. Nancy Lee Gray  |  December 22, 2007 at 3:09 pm

    Thank you for this beautiful piece…so fitting and so perfect in this holiday season. PS And I forgive you being in the land of sunshine while I’m back here in PA with its 6o days of sun a year…and that’s in a good year. Why or why did I ever leave AZ with it’s 360 days of sun a year!
    A Child is Waiting.
    Take care…be aware,
    Nancy Lee

  • 3. C.L. Mareydt  |  December 22, 2007 at 11:48 am

    this is the ‘good news’

    peace on earth- good will to men’

    thank you for a well defined article!

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