Carol, a young mother in her early thirties was desperately trying to help one of her nieces. You see, her niece’s husband was serving in Iraq and was sent home unannounced after loosing his arm in battle. Life would never be the same for this young couple and Carol wanted to do something special to bring them some joy. She called up Disney world and explained their family’s situation. She quickly found herself frustrated after getting put on hold several times and getting the run around from many different people. “I’m sorry ma’am, but all the rooms are booked in our special hotel.” “I’m sorry ma’am, but you need to book at least six months in advance for dinner reservations in our theater dining.” Finally, after the last “I’m sorry ma’am” she just couldn’t hold it in any longer. “Do you know who I am?” She said. “I’m Carol. Carol Disney-Smith. Walt’s great granddaughter!!” The voice on the other line changed, and quickly too, might I add. “I am so sorry, ma’am. I had no idea. Let me connect you to our CEO of reservations and special events. I will explain your situation and make sure you are taken care of.”
You see Carol didn’t need to offer to work part time for the company or send in a lot of extra money. She didn’t need to write some long letter to prove herself. Carol was in because of who she was. My question for you today is this. Do you know whose you are? Because the whose you are makes up who you are.
Let’s take a look at who God’s Word says that we are. 1 Peter 2:9-10 (NIV) – You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of the darkness into His wonderful light. Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. The King James Version even calls us a peculiar people. In this scripture, God is describing us, His church, the body of Christ. Look at these four words with me, and let’s see them in their original meaning.
Chosen- select, or favorite
Royal- a kingly order
Holy- sacred or blameless
Peculiar- a continual, purposed acquisition
My dear one, you are God’s favorite. You are royalty. Through Jesus, you are now blameless, set apart for a purpose. You are not who you see in the mirror, you are not numbers on a scale, and you are not those past mistakes that seem to haunt you. Not because of anything you have done or anything you can do, but because, and only because of whose you are.
I am now going to ask you to stop and pray that God would speak to you before reading the next part. It is powerful and straight from God’s Word, and God really spoke to me on a few of these. It was something I needed to hear.
WHO ARE WE? By Henri J.M. Nouwen
(Excerpt from a taped message)
a. A child of God
b. The one who I call my child (son/daughter)
c. I hold you in the palm of my hand
d. I have engraved you on the palms of my hand
e. I have fashioned you in the depths of the earth
f. I have molded you together in your mother’s womb
g. You belong to me/I belong to you
h. You and I are united in love from all eternity
i. Before your mother, father, brothers, sisters, teacher, your school touched you, I loved you, I called you, I held you safe, I saw you, I embraced you
j. You are my child, my daughter. You belong to me.
We need to hear this voice and keep hearing Him say, You are mine.
The Spiritual Life is a life in which you more and more and more hear that voice, in which you come gradually in touch with the mysterious truth:
That you were loved
That you were cared for
and looked at with immense affection,
long before you entered into this little world, into clock time
I have called you from all eternity
I have loved you from all eternity
You belong to me
I am your lover
I love you not because you did good things
I love you not because you have a lot of things
I love you not because people speak well of you
or you have so many talents
I love you because I love you
because I love you
Because I love you.
As my child, who belongs to me, I am sending you into the world
where people will laugh at you
where people will praise you
Where people will reject you
Where people will accept you
Where people will speak well of you
Where people will speak bad of you.
Whatever happens in the world, you do NOT belong to that world
You belong to Me, long long before you could even think, speak, talk, or love, yourself
You belong to God from all eternity and you are sent into the world for a little moment
and called back to be,
for all eternity,
in that great embrace of love.
So don’t forget whose you are today. You belong to the Most High, and you are His favorite! Whatever is going on, nothing will ever change that. My prayer is that knowing this will help you to live out every day empowered as God’s royalty. With a smile on your face and your shoulders held high, and a skip in your step. If anyone tries to mess with you, don’t worry, you’re God’s kid. He’s got your back.