Knowing your REAL identity

By: Mary Felde
From: October - November 2012
Found in: The Gospel of Grace

Some good friends of me have been missionaries for many years. They went into missions while their children were still young. One day the whole family was interviewed on the platform in the home Church. A pastor asked one of the young boys what he would like to become when he grew older. “Do you want to become a missionary?” The child’s reply came strong and without hesitation: “You can’t become something you already are!” His identity was settled – he was a missionary!

In Luke 15 we find the story of the father who had two sons. The younger son made many bad choices, and the course of his life went all in the wrong direction. When he returned home to his father he was ready to sign up as a servant, since he thought his chances to be called a son were destroyed. His identity had changed in his own eyes! However, it had NOT changed in the father’s eyes. The wrong behavior of the son hadn’t changed the father!

In the same story we see that the older son also had a wrong identity. He presented his good merits as a faithful servant as a reason to why he deserved the blessings of the father. But the response of the father came without hesitation: “SON, you are always with me, and all I have is yours.” He didn’t call him a servant, but a SON!

The missionary kid had understood his identity – the result of being a child of his parents. None of the two sons in Luke 15 had understood their real identity as sons and how the father himself viewed them. We can’t work to become who we already are or to deserve the gifts what we already have.

By: Mary Felde

Mary Felde is a missionary and worldwide speaker of the Word of God. She has thought in churches, seminars, conferences, and Bible schools on four continents.

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