4 Things That Show Us Our Identity Pt.2

THE HAVES & HAVE-NOTS PT. 2

I am so glad you have come back to read part two of this blog post, if you are just joining in I encourage you to go back and read part 1 of the above title.

Last week we talked about our student series pouring through Moses' life, while we focus on what we can learn about our identity. There is so many people we can compare ourselves to, and we start to see what others have that we do not have. This entire series is meant to help us refocus on the value of what we already have. Last week we unpacked how we all have a past and a present. Even though we might want our past or present to be different, God can redeem and sees value in them both. This week we will be wrapping up with:  you have a future and a family.

You Have a Future

Most of us would love to know what our future holds. There are many movies about time travel, because there is something special about knowing the future. If we get to focused on our future, we start to compare it to the people around us future. Some people seem destined for great things and your future does not seem to measure up. On the other hand, you do have a future and in God's hands your future is good, so let’s focus on what we do have rather than what we don't.

If you read through Exodus and the following three books, we see that God used Moses for many great things. In fact, Moses is the most named Old Testament person in the New Testament. In John 3:14-15, we see that Jesus mentions a moment in Moses service to God. I wonder if Moses understood that his actions would one day lead the way for Jesus. We are invited to trust God with our futures, not having all the cards in our hands. We know that we can trust God with our futures because of what Paul wrote in Romans 8:28-30.

This week when we feel tempted to worry about our future or to compare it to what other's futures may hold, I pray that we remember what we truly possess in our future. We already have so much more than what we worry about not having. We have the opportunity to be a part of something bigger than ourselves. We have a God that invites us on an adventure to use us in ways we never thought. You have a future, and in God's hands, your future is good.

You Have a Family

With all this talk on comparing ourselves to others, we tend to feel like we are alone in our journey. We feel that we are the only ones with these struggles or obstacles. In a different way, some of us may feel that our current standing in life makes them unlovable and that we won't be accepted. Lastly, some of us think that we don't need anyone else and that we are better alone. Whatever case we may fall in, if we are honest, we all want to belong somewhere. This is fundamentally how God designed us, to be together, connected.

We see in Moses life that he needed support and a family. We are picking up with the Israelites in the desert. They are on harsh terrain and the people needed be willing to lean on one another and work together. In Exodus 17:8-16, we see the Israelites go into battle and God gave them favor when Moses kept his hands raised with the staff of God. I don't know if you have ever tried keeping your hands up and extended for a long period of time, but it's not easy even with something light. So understandably, we see Moses start to get tired and when his hands go down the Israelites start getting overpowered, so what do you do? Moses had brought two others with him because he knew he would need support. These men literally supported Moses arms in order to survive and do what God had called them to do. Everyone had a role to play in this life or death situation.

We see in 1 Corinthians 12:12-27, we see that in Christ we have all been brought together into one body or family. Each and every one of us that have come to accept/acknowledge Jesus as Lord and Savior, has been adopted into His church. The church is our family, we all have it in Christ. In the same way as the Israelite people needed one another, we also need the people in the church. In that church, we all have a role to play. You need the people in our church, and we need you.

To Conclude

We all have more than we realize. God has provided us with life and life to the full. (John 10:10) God can redeem our past, it doesn't define us, and it shapes who we are. God can use our past for His glory today. It starts with today, a decision to honor and pursue His will. For the days to come, our future, we need to continue to seek His goodness and trust Him with our life. Let our hearts long for what the psalmist wrote in Psalm 51:10-12. None of the words above are easy, but they are the best decision we can ever make. Luckily, He has placed and family in our life that we can pursue Him together.

Everything that we have learned from Moses' life and that has been written over these two-blog post, is at our fingertips. The invitation has been extended and awaiting a response. Through Jesus Christ alone we have a past, present, future, and a family that gives us the life that God wants for us. Let our identity be in Christ alone. Let us live knowing who we are and who's we are.
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