This month’s intern teaching came from Trevor, and he shared from God’s Word and his heart on a topic that hits us all: identity. We all look for identity in something - could be in your accomplishments, winning over the people in your life, a particular personality trait that you rely on. Where do you find your identity - who are you?
1 John was written by the apostle John, and wasn’t written to a particular church or person - it was written to Christians to give assurance and encouragement in their faith. What it means to be a Christian, what it means to have a relationship with our Heavenly Father. The passage we focused on was 1 John 3:1-2:
See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know Him. Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.
John wrote to Christians, and it didn’t matter what their job was, what they enjoyed doing, what their personality was like, or the relationships they had with other people - there were two things true of them all: they are loved by God and they are children of God. If you are a Christian, you are a child of God. Your identity should be found in Him and in Him alone.
To be a child of a perfect Father means that you are always loved, even when you don’t deserve it. It means that you are always provided for, always cared for, your best interest is always in mind! Take some time to reflect on what it means to be the child of a perfect Heavenly Father. Do you find your identity and security in being a child of God, or are you seeking your identity in something that will pass, fade away, and leave you empty?