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I Am Not A Gentile

July 11, 2014 by

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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….”
~James 1:17

“And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist.”
~Colossians 1:17

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

This post was originally featured as a guest post at Simply Jesus Ministries.

Shared at Holley GerthA Little R&R, & Faith Along the Way.

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20 Responses to I Am Not A Gentile

  1. Joyce

    Awesome word! Amen and amen! We MUST STOP acting like Gentiles or those outside the household of faith. Good reminder! Bless you!

    • Heather

      Joyce, I was so blessed by this experience that it has forever changed my faith. God is SO good to us! Blessings to you and yours.

  2. Rick

    Great devotion this morning. Reminded me of Paul’s well detailed description of the sin that he struggled with in Romans 7. I believe that as we walk closer with our savior, the obvious sins become less frequent as we invoke God’s power over them in our lives. The sin that idles in the background, is the sin that is harder to identify and harder to surrender because it seems so natural to our survival as humans. Worry, fear, and anger are easy sometimes to justify as tools we need to pick up to survive in this dark world. Jesus came to destroy those strongholds in our lives and become our all. Still it is still not easy, yet we press on as his redeemed children. Even King David lifted up his struggles many times showing us his tender heart. One of my favorites is psalms 51, “Create in me a clean heart, oh God, and renew a right spirit within me. Take not your Holy Spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of your salvation, and grant me a willing spirit to sustain me”. When we find ourselves feeling human and Gentile, may we ask our heavenly father to restore unto us the joy of our salvation and renew a right spirit within us!

    • Heather

      You are so right, Rick. We use the sins of worry and fear as “tools” rather than admitting what they really are; sin and a lack of faith. I, too, love Psalm 51. It is one I pray often. Thank you for your thoughtful reply.

  3. Arlene Page Baker

    Powerful! Truth! My prayer is for every Christian to know the freedom and power they will receive when they understand who they truly are in CHRIST! Thanks for posting–I definitely need to share this one! Hugs and blessings!

    • Heather

      I’m so glad this encouraged you, Erin! This is one of my favorite posts as well as one of my fondest times with our heavenly Father. He, alone, is our Provider. To Him be all the glory! Thanks for reading.

  4. Arlene Baker

    Thank you so much for this important, life giving WORD. We truly cannot understand the LOVE of our ABBA FATHER until we understand who we are and what HE has given us in CHRIST JESUS. PRAISE the LORD and blessings and favor fall upon you, faithful child of GOD!

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