I had just had one of those precious moments with God. You know, the kind where He whispers something to your spirit? A few familiar words where He reminds you of something so simple, but so profound that you will never be the same?
I had just had one of those moments and I was moved to tears not because He revealed something to me that I didn’t already know, but because He allowed me to experience it to the depths of my soul. I was living in a moment where He was changing me with His love and I was in awe because I was aware of the work He was doing in me and for me in that very moment.
I had been pondering a question for some time. I had been wondering why it is so incredibly easy for me to believe God with all my heart for the forgiveness of my sins, for salvation by His blood, and for eternal life in and with Him, yet I struggle on a daily basis to trust Him (really, really trust Him) with our basic human needs. I had been examining my heart seeking an answer to this very important question.
On this particular morning, I was talking with Him as I was cleaning my bathroom. I was thinking about the end of Matthew chapter 6. I was doing a kind of mental review of all that it has to say and talking to my heavenly Father about it.
When I got to the part “…the Gentiles seek after these things…”, I heard that gentle, but unmistakable whisper,
I thought to myself, “I am not a Gentile. I am a child of God. I’m a daughter of the King. I am a co-heir with Christ. I have the same standing as my brother, Jesus.” I let those waves of truth, love, and standing wash over me as I felt the very presence of the Lord, comforting me with His Spirit.
And then, I felt a gentle rebuke.
I’m not sure if it was His rebuke, or my understanding of my own failure. Either way, I realized that I have been behaving as though I am a Gentile. I’ve been thinking like a Gentile. I’ve been living as though that is my standing in life.
This ought not be so. I am a child of God! I am a daughter of the King! I have a Father in Heaven who delights in giving good gifts to His children, who is our Jehovah-Jireh*, who is bigger than any storm or challenge or problem. My Father is the Creator of the Universe; the One who holds all things together and yet I worry about how He will provide for us!
So I ask you, Friends, are you living as though you are a Gentile?
He whispered to my spirit, “You are not a Gentile.”
Let us live our lives with the unwavering truth that we are children of the King!
“Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.” ~Matthew 6:31-32
”Yet to all who receive Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God.” ~John 1:12
“And God raised us up with Christ, and seated us with Him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus…” ~ Ephesians 2:6
“Every good and perfect gift is from above coming down from the Father….”
“And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist.”
Oh, Father, forgive us for living as though we are Gentiles. Thank you for revealing to us our incredible need to live a life true to the people You created us to be. Help us to remember that no matter how things may look, You are God, You are good, You alone are our Provider, and that we truly have nothing to worry about. Thank You for all that You are to us. In the precious name of Jesus, we pray. Amen.
*our provider, see Genesis 22:12-14
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