Remember Who You Are!
One of the things my Dad always said is, “Remember who you are”. The idea was that no matter where you went, whether it was out for the night or off to college, that you represented your family. Being part a family impacts who you are and how you should carry yourself. This can sometimes elevate expectations of others but in other situations may actually lower expectations.
During Jesus’ ministry, he returned to his hometown of Nazareth. As He taught and performed miracles, the seemingly logical question was asked, “Isn’t this the carpenter’s son?” (Matthew 13:55)
Was Jesus the son of the carpenter, Joseph? Luke’s account of the genealogy of Jesus puts it like this, “Now Jesus himself was about thirty years old when he began his ministry. He was the son, so it was thought, of Joseph”. (Luke 3:23) So it was thought. Jesus was raised by Joseph and Mary but he was born of the Holy Spirit. He submitted to Joseph and Mary as His earthly parents but His most important relationship with was His Heavenly Father.
If you have trusted in Jesus as your Savior, then you have a Heavenly Father as well. And as important as your earthly parents are, your most important identity is that you are a child of God. John 1:12 says, “Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God”. And 1 John 3:1, “See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!
Believer, remember that you are a child of God. Nothing can separate you from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. So today and every day, remember who you are!