“Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory” (Romans 8:17).

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Male, female, black, white, straight, gay, conservative, liberal, parent, child, sick, well, skinny, fat, American (with or without a hyphen), Christian…, with so many competing labels to choose from, who am I?

I was born male, and my skin color is white, to name two, and possibly short of some surgical procedure, and maybe not even then, these are inescapable and obvious physical characteristics. I’m also a homeowner, a college graduate, like playing board games, have poor vison, struggle with anxiety at times, and run on sentences and semicolons run rampant throughout my writing. And yes, some of these play a larger role, than do others, in my everyday life, particularly, in how I am perceived and treated by others. But what are any of these temporal characteristics in relationship to the eternal reality of who I truly am? Rubbish!

I am the man I am in Jesus Christ. I am not the man I am in this flesh. The curtain has been torn, and all may now approach the throne of God (Galatians 3:28); we have been made one in Christ. I was created in Christ to do good works, which God prepared in advance for me to do (Ephesians 2:10). God foreknew and predestined me to be conformed into the image of His Son (Romans 8:29). I am a child of God! “Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory” (Romans 8:17). In Christ, the revelation has been revealed to me, and I no longer have any desire to accept an identity that’s less than who and what God created me to be—his child.

Anytime I stumble and lose sight of who I am in Jesus Christ, I lose sight of how to interact with the world around me; the enemy wants me to forget who I am for good reason—for the sake of his agenda, that is. I want my voice heard, and so does everyone else, but what are we saying to each other? Christ was talking about more than worrying about food and shelter when he said to seek first the kingdom of God; that was one of those clarifying statements to which everything else in my life must surrender. It is who I am. 

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