Proof of Identity by Robin Dotson
Jeremiah 1:5, Romans 8:38-39, Ephesians 2:10
I remember the day my daughter Rebecca was born. The day I would officially be identified as her mother and she would be forever identified as my daughter. The day the hospital staff would come and take her to do fingerprints, footprints, ask me her full name and eventually bring me an official birth certificate. These were all forms of identification. Oh, and not to mention the hospital bracelets to insure identity! Her bracelet matched mine so I was relieved and of course checked it each time they brought her to me. It was the responsibility of her dad and I from that day forward to love, protect and help her form her own identity.
There would be social security cards, library cards, Dollywood passes, driver's license, and student ID cards that would all become forms of identification that would prove she was who she said she was. She was developing her own earthly identity.
Before I formed you in the womb I knew[a] you,
before you were born I set you apart;
I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.
God knew Rebecca way before I did. He knew she would be His child and do His work. It's awesome to think He knew her eternal identity would come at the age of ten. He knew the day she would ask Jesus to come into her heart and that she would be forever identified as his child. He knew we would not be perfect parents and trials would come her way. He also knew great things would come about and 818 Ministries would rise out of a hard time in all of our lives. He knew even in those difficult times, NOTHING would separate her from His love and amazing grace.
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[a] neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
I watched Rebecca grow and seek her own identity at a very young age. She was a kindergartner (who told me after the first day she did not need me to walk her in like the other moms were and that she would be just fine!) and before I blinked she became a college alum ready to spread her wings. Recently, I have seen her take on the roles of an adult such as a professional employee, Sunday School teacher, small group leader, marathon runner and head of 818 ministries. There are many more earthly identities she can claim over her life.
For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
God created all of us with unique characteristics unlike anyone else. He helps us develop our own identity throughout our lives with our personalities and character, allowing each of us to cultivate our spiritual gifts for His purpose. As parents, there is a fine line between holding on to our children too tightly and letting them become who God wants them to be. Our convictions are important and help guide them early in life, but at some point a child must develop their own convictions which become part of their character and ultimate identity.
We constantly show some form or "proof" of identity to this world of who we are. It is comforting to know that we can have a time and a place in our heart that is the only proof we need to be a child of God by trusting Him, asking Him to come into our heart and forgive us of our sins.
Have you trusted in Him?