“I am a chosen son, a prince, and one who belongs to the Father. He loves me. He always has, and he always will. We don’t deserve grace. We can’t earn it. We can’t buy it or bargain for it. All we can do is accept it and be changed by it into the image of his Son. That’s the story of God’s love in epic proportions!”
Epic Grace ~ Chronicles of a Recovering Idiot (Tyndale) by Kurt Bubna
God Loves You.
1.Your occupation – It is easy to identify yourself as a teacher or a doctor or stay-at-home mom. But is that really who you are?
2.Your family relationship- Whether you grew up in a two-parent home, with a single parent, with a distant relative, or if your family is close-knit, or a little broken apart, your family relationship doesn’t define you.
3. Your vices- We all have weaknesses. But if you think that you are a failure just because you sometimes fail- you’re wrong.
4. Your race – No matter the color of your skin you are special on the inside.
5.Your age- We can often identify with those that are close in age. Young and old, be careful not to wrap your identify around your birth date.
6.Your ability/disability – Are you exceptionally good at something or are you unable to do many things because of a special circumstance? What if these things all of a sudden changed? Would you still know where to place your real identity?
7.Your intellect and education- Do you get to write those little letters behind your name like “M.D.” because you worked hard for an education? Or were you not able to finish grade school because you had to work hard to help your parents? Whatever boat you are in your education doesn’t define you.
8.Your physical appearance – Do you like your shape? Do you think your nose it way too big? Do you think you are laden with flaws? Chances are we all have things that we may have been insecure about at one time or another.
9.Your economic status- Whether you were blessed to be inherit great wealth, or may not know where tonight’s meal is coming from there is a God in Heaven who is the ultimate provider.
10.Your health- You can have 1% body fat or be struggling to lose those 15 lbs. You may have fought a battle against cancer or diabetes- still you are so much greater than your health.
11.Politics- Do you identify as a conservative or liberal, democrat or republican? Regardless of which, be careful not to get your identity wrapped up in politics because you belong to a party much greater.
The party that you belong to is the Party of Jesus Christ. Our identity isn’t in any of these worldly things but is in the One that is the same yesterday, today and forever!
My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness;
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
But wholly lean on Jesus’ name.
On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand.
credit: Relevant Magazine
For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.
1 Peter 2:9
But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light