When I was a girl, we had 4 fruit trees growing in the front yard. Since I was the youngest of 7 kids, guess who always got stuck picking up the rotten fruit that fell off the trees … ME!
One day, while picking up rotten fruit, two kids from down the block came by and picked a few apples off one of the trees. My behavior was terrible – I can admit that now! But at the time, the only thing going through my 8 year old head was – that was MY fruit, and they were stealing it!
Of course, it wasn’t really my fruit. It was my dad who worked day after day to pay for that house we lived in. He mowed the lawn, he tended the trees, and he was the rightful owner of the fruit they bore. But as my father’s daughter, what is his is also mine. And so when someone steals from my father, they are also stealing from me.
I acted in response to the knowledge of who I was … daughter of the owner of the property, and rightful heir of all that was his. I pelted them with over-ripe oranges. (Oh the shame of that admission! LOL)
The same applies to you and me today.
As our Father’s children, what is His is also ours!
For those of us who have been “adopted” into the family of God, what belongs to our Heavenly Father also belongs to us! And we need to stop letting the voices of this world define our worth and value as people, and instead – let God tell us of our identity, of who we are, and who we were created to be!
As a young girl, my identity was shaped by the voices of people who told me I didn’t measure up. I felt unwanted and unloved, with no voice, no choice, and no power. As I grew into a woman, I repeatedly chose men who also treated me badly – because in the secret places of my heart, I didn’t believe I could expect any better. But my life began to radically change when I began to listen to Gods voice telling me who I was.
Beloved, when you correctly understand your identity in Christ, who you are – and what is yours (the power, the authority, the dignity, the calling) as children of the Living God – it will change the way you think about yourself. And that “right standing” will change the choices you make on a daily basis, and will ultimately change the course of your life, and the lives of your children and grandchildren.
And it all starts with how you answer the question “WHO AM I?”