How to Embrace Your Identity as God's Child
- Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Discover God’s call for your life. Ask God to help you and discern and fulfill His call for you to make the world a better place in the ways He has uniquely designed you to do so.
Practice God’s presence. Turn your mind toward Jesus often throughout each day and night. Constantly notice what God is doing for you, and express your gratitude to Him in all circumstances. Welcome God into all of your daily tasks, and do everything you do for Him.
Open your heart to God. In prayer, honestly pour out your deepest thoughts and feelings to God and listen for His responses in your soul. Look to the Psalms and the Lord’ s Prayer as models on which to base some of your own prayers so you can connect to God in deeper ways.
Overcome evil within and around you. Fight the evil in this fallen world and invite God to use you as an instrument of His liberating love in the world. Acknowledge and confess your own capacity for evil and your struggles with sin and temptation. Take action to right wrongs whenever you can, and engage in intercessory prayer to fight evil.
Witness to the good news. Share your faith with other people whenever God brings you the opportunities to do so. Witness without words by living out your faith so people can clearly see that you’re a person of love and integrity. Witness with words by responding to people’s questions about faith in ways that are relevant to their lives. When the time is right in your relationships, share some of your personal testimony of faith.
Faithfully steward what you possess. You must make a crucial choice in life: either you put God first, or you put money first. It’s impossible to divide your allegiance between the two. Decide to pursue God over money, and manage money the way He calls you to, by spending responsibly and giving generously.
Speak words of life and power. Recognize the great power that your words have to bring about either good or evil results. Stop speaking untrue, angry, or discouraging words to people. Choose to speak truthful, kind, and encouraging words to people instead.
Look to the life beyond. Prepare for your coming life in heaven by basing your decisions right now on eternal values. Focus your mind on God through centering prayer whenever you can, view all of your daily tasks as sacraments, and let go of your past while trusting God to lead you into the future.
Grow to become more like Christ. Since a love for people is central to Jesus’ work, ask Him to help you learn how to love other people more deeply. Practice hospitality by inviting others into your life and home and reaching out to help them whenever you can. Pray for your enemies, and as you intercede for them, God will change your heart to empower you to love them. Continue to keep a love for people paramount in your spiritual journey, and you’ll become more and more like Jesus Christ.
Adapted from Discovering Our Spiritual Identity: Practices for God’s Beloved, copyright 2010 by Trevor Hudson. Published by InterVarsity Press, Downers Grove, Ill., www.ivpress.com.
Trevor Hudson has been in the Methodist ministry for the past 30 years, spending most of this time in and around Johannesburg, South Africa. Presently he is part of the pastoral team at Northfield Methodist Church in Benoni, where he preaches and teaches on a weekly basis. He has written nine books, including A Mile in My Shoesand Listening to the Groans,which have recently been published in the United States. Much of his ministry has been shaped by two passions: helping ordinary people experience the transforming presence and power of Jesus in their everyday lives and helping people build the kind of local faith community that seeks to take seriously the suffering of those around them. His interests include watching sports, walking and running, discovering new places, reading and writing.
Whitney Hopler is a full-time freelance writer and editor. You can visit her website at: http://whitneyhopler.naiwe.com/.
Publication date: April 26, 2011
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