“…for in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave[a] nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to promise.” -Galatians 3:26-29 (ESV)
Who am I?
This is a question I struggled with during my teen years and early twenties. I was the first born of a teen mom. My childhood was less than ideal and I was frequently shuffled between my parents. I never quite felt like I belonged to either house or either family. Often times I struggled with feeling like a burden, always caught in between the two, and the many arguments they had. I was raised in the church and understood that I needed to be “good” and make “good choices”. However, there was still a disconnect, a longing for something more, something deeper. Then one day I heard our pastor say, “You have a Father in heaven who loves you. He does not waiver and His love is not fickle. When you commit your life to Him, your old ways are gone and you are a new creation in Him“.
Wow! I am His child! I am a child of the King of Kings! My Father reigns over all and yet He knows me personally. He knew me before I was formed in my mother’s womb. He knows the number of hairs on my head and He keeps count of all of the tears I have shed. He is with me all the time, He has good plans for me, and He has prepared a place in Heaven for me. He loves me unconditionally and forgives freely!
Friends, if you struggle with emptiness, shame, discouragement, feelings of inadequacy and hurt, I encourage you to lean into Him. He is all we need. As humans, we are all faulted. We will ALL let others down. We can never be everything to someone else. The only person who can meet our every need is our Father. Remember this and put it on a sticky note: you are a child of God. You are wonderfully made, dearly loved, and precious in His sight!