When I was in High School, my dad drove me to a friend’s house. What he didn’t know, was that it was a house party. I had never been to a house party before so I really didn’t know what it would be like. Upon pulling up to the house, some friends of mine were outside, with a bunch of cars parked in the yard. I thought for sure that he wasn’t going to let me stay...but he did. I won’t get into detail about what happened there, but Iwill say that I didn’t partake in any of it (mostly because I was afraid of what my dad might do to me if I did). Afterwards, my dad picked me up. I thought for sure he would do a breath test (which one of his friends suggested), check my pupils, or have me walk a line. He didn’t do any of that though. When I asked him why he let me stay and why he didn’t do a sobriety field test on me, he said it was because he trusted me. He believed in me, that I could be put in a situation like that and that I would make the right decision. Now just to be clear, I would not advocate anyone place their kid in that kind of situation, but my dad believed that I would make good decisions (which thankfully I did). The thing I find interesting is that, I didn’t feel like I should now leverage this trust with my dad to gain access to things that were bad. It actually motivated me to continue to make good choices and decisions to create more from my dad in me. That may not be everyone’s response to a similar experience, but that was mine.
My point in all of this is…when I knew what my father thought of me and how he saw me, It made me want to be like that even more. I believe this same idea translates to our relationship with our heavenly father. I need to know who I am as a follower of Jesus and how he sees me.
Read Romans 6:8-14
Who we think we are has an overwhelming effect on how we live and the decisions we make. We don’t have to be controlled by sin because God loved us so much, He sent His son to solve our sin problem and give us a better way to live. We don’t have to be dominated by sin. We can live free from the dictatorship of disobedience (sin), and live free in Christ. How does my heavenly father view me? I am new in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17). I am his cherished child that is made in God’s image because he values me more than anything else in all of creation (psalm 8:5-8; Genesis 1:26). I can live in freedom from the effects and control of sin (Romans 6:8-14; Ephesians 2:4-5). I know who I am, and that changes the way I live and how I view myself.