Oscar Wilde said, ďMost people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else's opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.Ē
I, on the other hand, didnít care too much what others thought when I was struggling through adolescence. Since I was a preacherís kid, my peers and the adults at my fatherís church had a set of expectations for me. Among them what the length of my hair, the style of my dress, the words proceeding from my mouth, and the peers I hung around with should be.
Like other adolescents, I was grappling to discover my identity. Was I supposed to follow in my fatherís footsteps? Should I run with the crowd? Or did God have something else in mind? But God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so much, that even though we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead (Ephesians 2:4-5 NLT).
What I discovered is that what I do isnít nearly as important as who I am. Sin isnít a popular subject or perhaps even a politically correct term, but God says Iím dead in it. Iím a walking dead man and powerless to do anything about it.
Fortunately, the news isnít altogether bad. I can be a walking alive man when I acknowledge my sins and plead for Christís forgiveness which was made possible through his sacrifice on Calvaryís cross. While Iím alive now, entering that relationship makes me more alive than Iíve ever been. My past is immaterial. Mineís not as sordid as some, but I do have a host of things Iíve done, said, or thought that Iím not proud of. Christís forgiveness removes the penaltyÖonce and for all.
I no longer have to struggle with who I am. Iím Godís child. Are you?
Prayer: Thank You Lord Jesus for making us new creations and for taking away all our sins. www.lovelinesfromgod.com
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