Knowing God loves us is easy. We sing the rhyme ‘Jesus loves me’ constantly in Sunday school. But knowing that we are fully known by Him and believing it? That’s a little more difficult. The good thing is, we are His.
I Am: His
This is what the LORD says, he who created you, and he who formed you: “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine.” – Isaiah 43:1
I am His.
This truth is one that took me a long time to grasp. In fact, it is something I still wrestle with daily. I am confident that through grasping these truths, we will see breakthrough in our hearts and lives and that, frankly, pumps me up! There is nothing more I love than being able to see people tap into the love their Father has for them. If I’m sure about one thing it’s that Jesus just loves you, all of you, and wants to hold you so close to His heart, that why He has given us these powerful truths about who we are!
The past 4 months of my life have been beautiful. Beautifully painful. Beautifully lonely. But most importantly, beautifully shaping. Before I rule out what the past few months have looked like, let me rewind 24 years and walk you through the process of what got me to where I am today.
Spending my entire childhood at church taught me something very early on – I can put on a smile, pull my panties out of a wad and let everyone know how great God is and how wonderful my life was, regardless of what I was actually feeling. I knew I believed in God, but it seemed like I was just walking through the emotions. After many years of fabricated emotions, I hit my breaking point. This pain inside of my heart had to go somewhere. Rather than learning to process and understand it, I had numbed my heart. The sucky part about numbing yourself is that you can’t just pick one emotion to numb; they all go. Does that make sense? Pain straight up sucks.
But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. – 1 Peter 2:9
Can I tell you something? The Lord wants you to let Him hold your pain (Psalm 55:2). If you’re anything like me, you probably just rolled your eyes. Wouldn’t life be great if God gave us a how-to booklet? I often ask God to just give me a sign. It would be so much easier if Jesus just showed me what I should be doing with my life or told me the cute guy i sit next to in class could be my future husband (we’re all guilty here).
One day, while sobbing myself through a breakup, something finally dawned on me. I can spend time worrying about life and all that it’ll throw at me, or I can push into Jesus. As the days rolled by, I found myself slowly stop worrying about the future and made my priority trying to be like Jesus. Here’s what really blew my mind:
God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him. I am His. I am made in His image. – Genesis 1:27
Once that statement transitioned from my head and into the depths of my heart, it changed how I lived my life and how I walk through pain.
So what does “His” mean? How does that affect your life?
His – that which belongs to him. The truth of “I am His” not only tells me something about myself, but it also tells me something about my Father and my Creator. To belong to something means to be rightly placed, the property of, and to be in the usual or proper place. The way we live out our identity, being in Him, is by residing in our proper place, our place of belonging.
Whether it’s processing pain or walking through everyday life, the Lord calls you His! You don’t have to do it alone and you don’t have to do it perfectly. Jesus wants so badly to have relationship with you that He died to make this a constant reality for you!
For those of you walking through pain and learning to invite the Lord in, I would encourage you to push into the pain and ask the Hold Spirit to show you His heart for you in that pain. It’s so difficult, but there is so much freedom to be had. Heart Made Whole, by Christa Black Gifford really helped me walk through the unhealed areas of my heart.
You are His. The way we find our true identity is through walking with Him. He gives us His entirety and desires the same from us! Holy Spirit, I ask that you would show each of us areas of our lives that you want to hold for us. Thank you for how you created each of us; so uniquely beautiful and in Your image.
My prayer is that you would feel and know more of His love for you. Here is one of my favorite songs to sit back and be held by the Lord to. You are His!