Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. (1 John 3:2 – NKJV)
I am convinced more than ever that the crisis the world faces today is one of identity. We don’t know who we are and because we function from that place, the issues that flow from our hearts and into creation is a very destructive one by virtue of who we are, and what we can do by thought, emotions, and speech. We do have an effect on our environment for good or for evil, whether we believe this to be true or not. So, where do we begin the rectification process? You must realize by now that God is not coming to fix the mess we have made, but He has empowered us with everything we need to address our problems. It was a man who caused sin to enter into this world, and it was a Man (God stripped of divinity) who died for the redemption of the world; so it will take a man in God to repair the breach.
We begin by assuming our nature and identity based on what God says about us, and not based on our immediate knowledge and experiences. We must never assume an identity on weakness, mistakes and sin because all those are temporal constructs in a temporal reality. God forgives all sins. We may bear the consequence of them, but confession and asking absolve us of our sins immediately, once the condition is met: We must forgive others. Why then would your identity be determined by what is forgiven? You cannot judge and condemn others or yourself based on sins if you truly forgive. We must find our true selves in God by seeing Scripture as a mirror reflecting back to us our true self. If we maintain our gaze, we will become who God intended for us to become before the earth’s foundations were laid.
Father, I know You made me as a human being in Your image and likeness, but the reflection I see in the mirror makes it hard to believe this. Help me to see myself through Your eyes as I gaze inside the mirror of Scripture. Reflect back to me my true image, that I may transition from just a mere being to becoming truly human, in Jesus Name. Amen.