Identity in Christ

“To all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.”  John 1:12

The words “It’s a boy!” at the birth of our second child brought Rozanne and me tremendous joy.  We already had a girl; now we had a boy.  Life was perfect — until we noticed that our baby boy was missing his left hand and forearm.  Immediately questions flashed through our minds.  Sports?  How would the kindergarteners treat him? Where would his wedding ring go? Never mind marriage; what girl would love him with so many men out there with two hands?  And the most alarming question:  Would we love him?

Nurses swaddled our little David and laid him in our arms.  And in the moment our greatest fear evaporated.  We loved him; there was nothing he had to do to earn our love.  He was our son.

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Our actions sometimes make us feel that God could never love us, as if there were anything we could do to earn God’s love.  God loves us not because of anything we have done, but because of what he did.  He loves us because of who we are, his children.

Today David is a successful attorney and has a beautiful wife who loves him dearly.  He played sports better than most kids with two hands!  While that brings us great joy, it isn’t why we love him.  We love him because he’s our son.

God feels the same about you.

–from the 31-Day Believe Devotional by Randy and Rozanne Frazee

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