This past weekend at church I shared with our community that I’m a forgetful person. If my wife needs me to do something she’ll hold me by the face, look at me in the eyes until she has my attention, and then - slowly - ask for what she needs me to do. As if I’m some sort of puppy in training!
I’ll nod my head in obedience and then quickly start repeating the request in my head so I can hopefully retain the information.
Five minutes later I’ve forgotten.
We are forgetful people aren’t we?
I think we forget how God views us.
We need to remember.
So we spent some time reflecting on the following passages this weekend.
If you consider yourself a follower of Jesus all of these statements are already true of you.
And if you’re exploring faith in Jesus all of these statements are available to you in him.
YOU ARE -
A Child of God - John 1:12
But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God.
A Friend of Jesus - John 15:15
I no longer call you slaves, because a master doesn’t confide in his slaves. Now you are my friends, since I have told you everything the Father told me.
Redeemed - Romans 3:24
Yet God, with undeserved kindness, declares that we are righteous. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins.
No Longer Condemned - Romans 8:1
So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus.
Free From Death - Romans 8:2
And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death.
A Temple of the Holy Spirit - 1 Corinthians 6:19
Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself.
A Transformed Person - 2 Corinthians 5:17
This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun.
Forgiven - Ephesians 1:7
He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins.
God’s Masterpiece - Ephesians 2:10
For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.
A Citizen of Heaven - Philippians 3:20
But we are citizens of heaven, where the Lord Jesus Christ lives. And we are eagerly waiting for him to return as our Savior.
Provided For - Philippians 4:19
And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.
Loved - 1 Thessalonians 1:4
We know, dear brothers and sisters, that God loves you and has chosen you to be his own people.
Father help us to see ourselves the way that you see us.