I posted recently about the statement, “If you don’t know WHOSE you are, you don’t know who you are.” You can read that post click here. I wrote that post and am still wrestling through this statement. I believe this statement is true. I’ve heard it at church, I’ve seen people tweeting it, I know other pastors are saying it…it is quite the buzz these days. But during the sermon where I first heard this phrase, I also heard this question posed by Mike Glenn. “Someone in your life will name you. Who will you let name you?”
As most of you know, I have a passion to help women discover their true identity. Knowing who you are definitely impacts how you live your life. So if these statements that Mike has made recently are true, then let’s dissect them and figure out how to live them out.
“Someone in your life will name you. Who will you let name you?” As I think about this question, I think about nicknames I’ve had growing up, like Myrtle the Turtle because I enjoyed taking my time doing EVERYTHING when I was little. Myrtle the Turtle came from my dad. My mom and dad both called me Muffy-I have NO IDEA where that came from. And my loving brother and sister called me Dork. My fellow teammates called me Faithy Waithy; I know it’s a very tough name! But what else rhymes with Faith?
I tell you all of this to say that we all have lots of nicknames that people call us, and even though some of these names have sentimental value the one name truly matters is the name that God calls us.
We could spend days looking a Scriptures that define us according to God’s Word, but today we are going to look at one place I love. Ephesians 1. Here we discover a couple of names that God calls us that I believe build a secure foundation on which to stand as a believer. Today we are going to look at one of those names.
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavens, in Christ; 4 for He chose us in Him, before the foundation of the world, to be holy and blameless in His sight. In love 5 He predestined us to be adopted through Jesus Christ for Himself, according to His favor and will, 6 to the praise of His glorious grace that He favored us with in the Beloved.
The one name that stands out to me is: ADOPTED.
If you know of anyone who is adopted or anyone who has gone through the process of adopting, you know one thing for sure: adoption doesn’t happen on accident. Adoption is a premeditated act. It is something that takes time and money and lots of effort and patience. My brother and sister-in-law are in the process of adopting their second child. Walking with them through this process twice has reminded me of just how much it takes to adopt a child. Before their adoption journey I didn’t really understand the magnitude of this verse. I didn’t know very many people who had been adopted when I was young, but now it seems everywhere I turn someone is telling me they were adopted or someone is in the process of adopting.
Letting the name “adopted” define is healthy on two fronts. First, it reminds us that God took care in choosing us to be a part of his family. It isn’t an accident that you belong to Him. Secondly, being adopted implies that we have a life that we have left and a new family, home and life in which to live. We all have a past, but we are all redeemed from that past through the forgiveness that Christ offers us by the blood he shed on the cross. His sacrifice paved the way for God to adopt you and I as His sons and daughters.
I can tell you, you were adopted on purpose.
But here is the sad truth, just because you are adopted doesn’t mean an easy adjustment into your new family. Yes, God has chosen you to be adopted in the family of God. But you can still choose to reject Him as your Father. You can choose to live as if you aren’t adopted. You can refuse His love. You can believe the lies that you aren’t adopted.
The thing is, God loves you. He desires to have a relationship with you. He even let His one and only Son die so that you could be adopted. But He still lets you chose whether or not you will have a relationship with Him.
So what will you choose? Will you acknowledge that God has adopted you? Will you engage in a relationship with Him?
How does knowing you are adopted change the way you view your life?
What other names does Paul reveal to us in Ephesians 1?
What other names does God call us throughout Scripture?
When you look in the mirror what name do you call yourself? Is this name true of you?
How do the names found in Scripture influence the way you live your life?
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