“In a word, what I’m saying is, Grow up. You’re kingdom subjects. Now live like it. Live out your God-created identity. Live generously and graciously toward others, the way God lives toward you.” Matthew 5:48
One of our neighbors on Whispering Willow Lane has their cottage painted gray with red trim and shutters. But their identity in the neighborhood comes from the big red star on the front of the house, as well as all around their property, including on a tree. The sign at the entrance of our lane simply says, “Red Star” and everyone knows they have found George and Stacey’s street.
When meeting someone I don’t know, I will say, “I’m the tall, silver-haired woman who will be wearing all black.” It’s easy and works. Now if you are 5’5” tall and have blond hair, you couldn’t use that description, as many women have that same identity. They might have to say, “I’m the one wearing a daisy in my hair.”
Is there a characteristic about you or where you reside that makes you identifiable? As a Christian, I wear a cross and have crosses arranged on one of the walls in my office. If you see me or the wall, you will know I’m a believer in the cross. However, that doesn’t mean everyone who wears a cross knows Jesus as his or her personal Savior. God sees through our hearts and knows us and identifies us by our thoughts, actions, and deeds.
Thank you, Lord, for identifying me as your child. Amen.