Today completes the series of Who Do You Think You Are? Part 1.
Here is a quick rewind:
All About You: God sees you as a special and unique individual with a specifically designed destiny and purpose to fulfill.
Game Changer: God sees you as a covenant child of God, a member of the family of God, a citizen of the Kingdom of God, included in the ancestral faith lineage of Abraham.
Fame and Fortune: God sees you as a prosperous philanthropist meeting the needs, wants, and desire of others.
#blessed: God sees you as a blessing to Israel.
Cursed: God sees you as someone who recognizes the Jews as God's covenant people and helps them in both spiritual and practical ways.
Everybody: God sees you as a child of faith.
And our final blog for this series (drum roll, please!)
God sees you --as an adult.
When I first got born again, there were some shows I watched that were a little bit raunchy. We had four stations to choose from (this was a very long time ago). You either tuned into one of the other three stations, or selected another activity. Convicted, I had to make a choice to obey my newly evolving conscience or override it. After some thought, I told God that He was more important to me than any show. Literally, I felt God’s pleasure with my decision and His peace wrapped around me like a warm blanket. When bedtime would roll around, I tucked myself in, listened to Bible teaching tapes, and talked to God instead. This happened during a phase of deep cleansing in my life.
Sanctification is a continuous lifelong process and it comes in two phases. First, it separates or removes anything that impedes your spiritual growth. Second, it replaces impediments with supports to nurture optimum spiritual growth (Do You Need a Cleanse?).
Genesis 11:27-32 prefaces the above verse with an account of Terah, Abram’s father. Terah and his entire family lived in Ur of the Chaldees. In obedience to God, Terah was in the process of relocating his family, Abram included, from Ur to the land of Canaan. En route to Canaan, Terah crossed the city of Haran and decided to settle his family there. Very little has been discovered by archeologists about the ancient city of Haran during the patriarchal era. What they are certain of is that these people worshipped the moon (1). Terah died and was buried in Haran and his mission to relocate his family to Canaan was never realised.
Genesis 12 picks up where Genesis 11 leaves off. God now asks Abram to complete the mission assigned to Terah and move his family to Canaan. Abram complies with God and ‘departed as the Lord instructed’.
Terah began the sanctification (separation) process with his family but he did not complete it. Abram finished the sanctification process, removed all he was responsible for from idol worship, and his entire family was blessed. Sanctification separates the men from the boys.
2 Corinthians 6:16-18 NLT, “And what union can there be between God’s temple and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God said: ‘I will live in them and walk among them. I will be their God, and they will be my people. Therefore, come out from among unbelievers, and separate yourselves from them, says the Lord. Don’t touch their filthy things, and I will welcome you. And I will be your Father, and you will be my (adult) sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.’” (parentheses added)
When we are born again, we become children of God, period. Our maturity level on the other hand, is entirely up to us. We can live our lives as immature young children or as responsible mature adults. It takes responsible mature adults to complete our mission on this earth. The choice belongs to us.
Father, I know it gives You great pleasure to be the integral part of my life and to train and watch me grow up into a full grown adult. My relationship with You grows sweeter and the responsibilities become greater as I grow up under Your guiding hand. Help me to be all that You created me to be and to fulfill all that You destined for me to do. I love and trust You completely. In Jesus Name, Amen.
I am sanctified.
I remove all idols from my life.
I complete my Father’s business.
I am continually growing in my relationship with God.
Daily, I grow into spiritual adulthood working towards completing my destiny.
Reassess yourself. Have you dropped the ball on something God told you to do? If so, pick up where you left off and complete the task.