"See how very much our Father loves us, for he calls us his children, and that is what we are!" 1 John 3:1a (NLT)
The question: "What do you want to be?" seems to be inevitable. Whether it be numerous times throughout our childhood, when we are entering college, or at a job interview, people are interested in the answer to this question. The question is valid and the answer is important. Who we decide we will be helps us determine the appropriate steps to take so that we reach our goal.
In looking at who I am, and pursing who I want to be, I have realized how I have overlooked the most important thing I could ever be, a child of God. It's as if when I initially surrendered to Christ, I knew I became His child, but I didn't fully allow that to become my identity (who I was, who I would be, or where I would belong). I knew I was His, but I wanted to add so many other names and accolades to being His child.
"But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God."
I keep striving for other identities and titles because I have forgotten the beauty of being His child. I feel that if I get the ideal career, or if I am rewarded for my efforts to achieve - if I am elevated in this world - then my identity will be raised to a new level.
When I take a second and read the words, "daughter of the King", I don't think a thing about it. Yet, as a child of God, this is my true reality. We must let these words sink in afresh. I am the daughter of the King. Not just any king, the King of all Kings. The King to which all royalty must bow down and worship. That's my heavenly Dad. What on earth could ever top that?
"Together they will go to war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will defeat them because he is Lord of all lords and King of all kings. And his called and chosen and faithful ones will be with him.” Revelation 17:14
God is my Father, and I have been adopted into His family for all of eternity because of Jesus, which means everything else that I achieve in my life - every dream and goal and life-plan that I see fulfilled - is just like the cherry on top. I already have it all, so in the other things I go, do, and be, those are just extras. These "extras" are used by God as blessings and for ministerial opportunity, but they're not who I am. While I am many things to many people, I am first, foremost, and centrally a child of God. This is what should be the driving motivation for my actions. When I lay my head down each night, and even when I breathe my last breath, my identity in Christ is all that will matter.
Like I said before, there are many things that I have wanted to be in my life. There are many things that I still strive for, but my prayer is, despite whatever happens with my goals and dreams of who I am and who I want to become, I pray my greatest delight, honor, and identity come in being a child of the most high God. What a privilege to be called His daughter.
So as we go throughout our day today, let's take action from who we know we are. We are citizens of heaven (Philippians 3:20), we have a beautiful inheritance (Psalm 16:16), we are loved unconditionally (Psalm 52:8b), we have a community of believers in whom we will always belong (1 John 4:7), and we are His children...forever (1 John 5:13-14). What a beautiful thing to be. Everything else - our talents, careers, homes, vehicles, achievements in life - are tools for accomplishing the tasks the Lord has set before us as his children.
Are you striving for your goals to find identity in who you will become? Or are you striving for your goals because of who you already are in Christ?
Have you forgotten the beauty of being His child? What areas do you need to rest in your Heavenly Father's unconditional love today?