Identity

But to all who did receive Him, He gave them the right to be children of God, to those who believe in His name…” (John 1:12 HCSB)

For you are all children of light, children of the day. We are not of the night or of the darkness.” (1Thess. 5:5 ESV)

And it is God who establishes us with you in Christ, and has anointed us, and who has also put his seal on us and given us his Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee.” (2 Cor. 1:21, 22 ESV)

Today’s Reading
God is carefully watching over you, and not in the sense of “I’m keeping a close eye on that one,” but rather because He so loves you. He cannot take His eyes off of you.

It makes me think of how I see my kids when they are snug in their beds. In those moments, each child is incredibly beautiful to me– and not just because they’re sleeping. Our 6 year old baby girl’s round cheeks turn bright pink and her little rosebud lips slightly part like they did when she was an infant. Our 9 year old son lives full force and sleeps the same, tangled in his sheets, but at complete peace with the gentle rise and fall of his chest. Our 12 year old daughter’s fingers never rest during the day. It’s a season of painting fingernails, checking her phone, and practicing violin, but to see them still – they hold the gentle curve of God’s workmanship. I am captivated by each of my children. I believe that’s a reflection of how God sees us too. We are the center of His unwavering focus.

He has given many scriptures to convey how He perceives us – who we truly are when firmly rooted in Christ. He knew we would need to know how valuable and loved we are in His sight, especially in a season of discouragement or uncertainty.

According to the Bible, when God looks at those who have put their faith in Jesus, He sees us wrapped in Christ’s robe of righteousness. He sees us filled, marked, and sealed by Holy Spirit. He hears Jesus’ personal intercession for us. He sees us hidden with Christ in God – chosen, holy and dearly loved. Agree with God’s infinite wisdom and choose to see yourself as a precious child of the light who cannot be separated from His unconditional love.

Reflection
When you look in the mirror, what judgments float through your mind? Your words may or may not be factual, but how do they compare to God’s revealed truth about who you are. List your view in one column and write God’s perspective in another. The above verses will get you get started. Cut the paper in half and hang God’s truth on your mirror.

Prayer
Heavenly Father, thank You that I have access to You through the Holy Spirit. Thank You that I have been adopted as Your child, a joint heir with Jesus. Help me to see myself through Your lens – fearfully and wonderfully made, blameless and beyond reproach, free from any condemning charge, a personal witness to the power of Christ. Fill me with Your truth and free me from lies. In the glorious name of Jesus Christ I pray, Amen.