Some say we are what we eat. Probably true! I propose that we are what we attach to. Remember the scripture from yesterday…
9“I have loved you even as the Father has loved me. Remain in my love. 10When you obey my commandments, you remain in my love, just as I obey my Father’s commandments and remain in his love. 11I have told you these things so that you will be filled with my joy. Yes, your joy will overflow! 12This is my commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you. 13There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 14You are my friends if you do what I command. 15I no longer call you slaves, because a master doesn’t confide in his slaves. Now you are my friends, since I have told you everything the Father told me. 16You didn’t choose me. I chose you. I appointed you to go and produce lasting fruit, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask for, using my name. 17This is my command: Love each other.John 15:9-17
Much of what I am reading these days relates to identity and authenticity. In order to live authentically, I need a solid identity. Identity is not what makes me unique; rather, it is the foundation from which I live out my uniqueness. I know. It’s a hard concept to wrap the mind around. Be patient with yourself; it will come.
The first step to forming a solid identity is understanding and rehearsing how God sees you. In the passage above, Jesus said we are loved; we are his loved friends; his chosen loved friends; his appointed, chosen, loved friends.
Just reading those words doesn’t change you unless you believe them and attach to the truth of Jesus’ love for you. Perhaps a beginning step is to adopt this mantra — “Jesus said I am appointed, chosen and loved!” “I am appointed, chosen and loved!”