Each week, I’ll share personal reflections from my own time with God, our Heavenly Father. On a Personal Note is where I’ll highlight takeaways and implications for walking with the Lord.
See how very much our Father loves us, for he calls us his children, and that is what we are! But the people who belong to this world don’t recognize that we are God’s children because they don’t know him.1 John 3:1 NLT
A phrase that defined me for decades. I spent the first years of my life striving to obtain the high expectations placed on me by the world. Be nice. Be gracious. Be excellent. Be perfect. As I struggled to perform, I began to get exhausted and jaded with the demands of the world. This phrase that I once held in high esteem became a banner of shame. Shame is a deceptive thing that creates a division between us and the Father. We attempt to cover and hide or manage in our own strength when God already knows. We must recognize the enemy’s tactics are to kill, steal, and destroy (John 10:10). When we attempt to live up to the titles the world places on us, we destroy the very image that God created. We are throwing away the gift of abundant life that Jesus died on the cross for. The Lord is always aware of our struggles and ready to shoulder the burden if we surrender it to Him(1 John 3:20). God designed us to live in His fullness, not the weight of the world’s shame.
Here’s a reminder… We are children of God, first and foremost. What He says about us is true and more important than anything that anyone else has called us. When we walk in alignment with God, we can take off the garment of shame (Isaiah 50:7). We can walk boldly in the confidence of who we are in the light of our Father in heaven. Yes, my earthly father is a preacher. But my heavenly Father says that I’m more than the PK label. I am His daughter. I am loved by Him and you are too.
I don’t know which specific labels the world has tried to place on you. But like 1 John 3:1 says, the world will never recognize the God in us because they don’t know Him. The world’s unfamiliarity doesn’t stop us from living in all that God has called us to do. Our actions show that we are children of God. Now is our time to walk it out.
As we study the word of God, we should walk away with practical steps for our life. My takeaway – We are children of God! Let’s walk it out!
What about you? What’s your takeaway? How will you walk it out in your daily life?
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