In four hours I hope to be in bed, sleeping, so that I will be ready to wake up at 4, head to the airport and fly to Door County. Packing is not done, a month's worth of bills are not yet paid and the house is a mess. And, what am I doing? Getting caught up on face book and feeling a sense of urgency about sharing with you. Yes, my third sermon. :-)
If you remember from the last sermon, our position, once we have put our faith in Jesus Christ is one of being "IN CHRIST", as He dwells in us.
So...Who are we? How does our heavenly Father see us? I often hear that we are just struggling, broken, sinners. Yes, we do sometimes struggle. Maybe sometimes we feel broken. And, yes, we do sin. BUT, that is not who we are. That is not how God sees us.
This is what I found in going through my Bible during my coloring time. This is who we are in Christ:
~heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ. Rm 8:17
~chosen. Eph 1:11
~alive with Christ. Eph 2:4
~holy brothers. Heb 3:1
~adopted as sons. Eph 1:5
~God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works. Eph 2:10
~fellow citizens with God's people and members of God's household. Eph 2:19
~a dwelling in which God lives by His spirit. Eph 2:22
~light in the Lord. Eph 5:8
~holy. Heb 10:10, Col 1:22
~righteous. Heb 10:38, IICor 5:21
~God's children. Rm 8:16
~sons of God. Rm 8:14
~God's elect, strangers in the world. IPt 1:1
~a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God. IPt 2:9
~called Jesus' brothers. Heb 2:11
~branches. John 15:4,5
~ministers of a new covenant. IICor 3:6
~the temple of the Living God. IICor 6:16
~blessed, chosen, redeemed, forgiven, predestined, marked in Him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit. Eph 1:3-14
~hidden with Christ in God. Col 3:3
~a new creation. IICor 5:17
~Christ's ambassadors. IICor 5:20
~God's fellow workers. IICor 6:1
~anointed. IICor 1:21, IJohn 2:20
~presented before God holy and blameless and beyond reproach. Col 1:22
Amen!!! Does that not just make you stand in awe of our God?! And, thank our Jesus for Who He is and what He has done?!
So, Greg, Ali and Nick...Feelings and thoughts cannot be trusted. It is so important for you to know the truth and The Truth! My desire is that you ALWAYS know WHO you are and WHOSE you are!
Nick-Hope you are having a great time up in Santa Barbara with Davis and his family! Can't really think about you going a whole half hour away this fall. Dad and I have LOVED having you home this past year!
Greg-Are you surviving your third week of your third year? I am so proud of you! What a gift to our family to have you home often on weekends!
Ali-Six days!!! Yay! Can't wait to see you, talk with you, walk with you, sit on the deck at sunset and drink a glass of wine with you!