Identity in Christ

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I spoke at a Ladies Meeting at the Church of God in LaGrange where I had the opportunity to share with the ladies on the subject of our Identity in Christ. Brenda Troyer, an animated Bible teacher, and I shared the podium.  As a new Christian, I remember the first time I was aware of God speaking a personal word to me through the Bible. A missionary was visiting in our home, and as we talked one evening, she turned to me and said, “Betsy, I have a verse I’d like to share with you that has meant a lot to me over the years.” She flipped through the pages of her Bible until she came to a verse in Isaiah. As she read it to me, something in my heart cried out. Yes, that is exactly what I need to hear. Thank you so much. This verse changes everything.

I was a broken person who longed for someone to love me with unconditional love. So, when my missionary friend read Isaiah 43:4 that night in our home, it washed over my soul like the refreshment of a warm cup of tea on a cold wintry day. Maybe God will speak to you through this verse too.

God was speaking, and the part of the verse that grabbed me was “Since you are precious in My sight, since you are honored and I love you….”
God knew exactly what my heart longed for. I needed for Him to tell me personally that He loved me, that I was special to Him. And there it was. Later I looked up the meaning of each of the words in the verse. Precious means to be of great value, costly, and dear. Honored means highly esteemed, well regarded, and greatly respected. Loved means strong affection, to take pleasure in, to delight in.

As I pondered these meanings, I allowed my soul to absorb them deep within. I realized that God saw me as a person of great value. He highly esteemed me. He took pleasure in me and delighted in me. It was humbling to realize that God did not define me by my shortcomings and weaknesses but loved me just because He created me.
That night, as God redefined to me who I am, I began to become rooted, grounded and established in His love (Eph. 3:17). Frequently, over the years, God has reiterated His love to me. Maybe, you need to know…He feels the same about you.

 

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