I have been truly impacted by God speaking lately.... As I travel through life and begin to look deeper into the love God has for me... I am in awe of what I hear God saying to me. I have become more aware and saddened by the reality that the identity we hold in God’s love has been stolen from us through religion.
Let me share a moment of learning today!
I am a preacher's kid, a former pastor and raised in the Bible Belt..... My whole life I have heard the phrase "Created in His Image".... "Being the image bearer of God"..... "being fearfully and wonderfully made"..... and being a "masterpiece who was knit together in your mother's womb"......
These are such powerful statements of our value and place with God. We are the beneficiaries of a divine DNA.... It was given to us at the moment God said, "Let us create man in our own image".... It was in that moment we were bestowed the inheritance of a divine DNA.
Yet, in the religious constructs of our culture, and many others.... The moment that we are face to face with the sins, the mistakes, the failings and the deviation from center in the lives of others and ourselves.... We no longer stand believing these former statements of value and identity.
It is, as if, somehow we have become a demigod or stronger than the creator when faced with these moments of sin and failure. What do I mean?
I mean that we then begin to say, in the face of sin and failure, that something is wrong, something is missing and something is not okay about who we are. It is as though our sin and failure somehow has the ability to erase God's DNA and identity from our very being. In those moments we begin to call the scriptures a lie.... and call into question the character of God himself.
We begin to assume God left something out, or we somehow have the ability to change God's design or simply nullify His place as the master craftsman who knit us together in our mother's womb.
Yes, when we are sinful, when we fail and we make mistakes.... We aren't always living up to the potential that God created in us and for us. And, there will be consequences as well. But, before you speak to yourself or others in their broken and messy places.... When you are faced with your failure or the failure of others....
Remember, God's DNA resides in all of us.
We are all fearfully and wonderfully made; God knit us together with his hands as a masterpiece.
When life gets messy, dirty and hard.... our identity still remains.
God is still in control.... and our value has not been changed!
So, will you listen more closely to the voice of religion, or to the words of God when you are faced with sin, failure and pain? Don’t let doubt, fear, lies and religion steal your identity given through the gift of God’s Divine DNA.