by Cindi McMenamin
“But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name.” John 1:12 NASB
The other day I found myself living like an orphan. I was worrying about bills I couldn’t pay. I was fretting about what might happen in a situation that I couldn’t control. Basically, I was forgetting who I really was and to Whom I belonged.
By worrying, fretting, and forgetting who I was, I was not living like a cared-for child of God. I was living like an orphan who was on her own.
When you and I trust Christ alone for the forgiveness of our sin and for our eternal life, we become His adopted child (John 1:12; Romans 8:14-17). And in that relationship, we have a new identity that does not include the corruption or chaos of our past, the problems in our present, or the fears for our future. Our past wounds don’t define us either.
In our new role, God not only calls us His child, but He calls us forgiven (Colossians 1:14) and complete (Colossians 2:10), even though we might still feel like a work in progress. His Word also tells us we are secure in Him (Romans 8:1-2) – free from condemnation (Romans 8:31-34) and free from the possibility of abandonment (Hebrews 13:5).
Furthermore, God’s Word says we are royalty – seated with Him in the heavenly places (Ephesians 2:6)! And we are unconditionally loved – meaning nothing will be able to separate us from the love of God — not death, life, circumstances, sin, poor choices, a season of rebellion, nothing!
So, why do we stress and worry about what we can’t control? Are we saying “God has forgotten me?” Are we thinking He won’t really be a good Father to His children? When you and I worry we are saying to the world “I am on my own. I have no one to help me.” That’s what an orphan believes. When we trust in our heavenly Father we can live like His child – one who says My Father is with me. And He will help me.
The more you and I reaffirm who we are in Christ, the more our behavior will reflect our true identity – loved, well-cared-for children of the Most High God.
Live like a loved child of God – not an orphan.
Forgive me, Lord, for the times I forget how good of a Father You really are. Help me to live like Your loved child, not one who is abandoned and on her own.
About the author: Cindi McMenamin is an award-winning writer and national speaker who helps women strengthen their relationship with God and others. She is the author of 16 books including When Women Walk Alone (more than 120,000 copies sold), God’s Whispers to a Woman’s Heart, and Drama Free: Finding Peace When Emotions Overwhelm You. For more on her books and resources to strengthen your soul, marriage, and parenting, or for more information on her coaching services to help you write the book on your heart, see her website: www.StrengthForTheSoul.com.
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