“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved.”

– Ephesians 1:3-6

A couple days ago, we talked about how each of us has a worldview, or a lens through which we see our circumstances, and we discussed how that worldview must answer four basic questions. For the next four days, I want to talk about each one of these questions in detail and point out how the Kingdom of God provides the answer.

The first question that must be answered by any viable worldview is Who am I? Many of you who watch the broadcast are familiar with the Creed of the Beloved. In essence, the Creed is our attempt as a ministry and as a congregation to answer the question of who we are in Jesus. Naturally, knowing who we are requires knowing who we are not, which is why we say, “You’re not what you do, you’re not what you have, you’re not what people say about you.” You’re also not what’s been taken from you, you’re not your righteousness, you’re not your sin, you’re not your fears, and you’re not your regrets. No, you’re not any of that — you are beloved sons and daughters of God!

To use Dallas Willard’s words, you are an unceasing spiritual being with an eternal destiny in God’s great universe. You’re the beloved, you will never die, and there is a great plan for your life; that’s the good news of the Kingdom of God! Through the power of the cross, the blood of Jesus has made you perfect and you have complete acceptance and access to God in Him. That’s who you are — believe it and build your life upon it!


God, thank you for accepting me in your Beloved Son, Jesus, and for giving me an identity that is grounded in your love.


How does knowing who you are make it easier to live in the fullness of God’s Kingdom?

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