In the Image – Our Identity
June 3, 2020
Perhaps you’ve heard this lyric from Dusty Springfield, an oldie from back in time “The only one who could ever reach me, was the son of a preacher’s man”. Although I may not be familiar with the message behind the song, this lyric is also a common belief among Christians.
Growing up in a Catholic church made my transition into a Pentecostal church somewhat unsettling. People raising hands, a live MUSIC BAND, songs that I thought belonged on the radio instead of a Holy place like the Church, people greeting each other in the middle of mass (church service). What in the world is this place?!
I have most certainly grown accustomed to the church setting I find myself in nowadays. And although I have moved past the “unsettling” transition period from a rigid to flamboyant worship culture and straight, narrow, boring sermons to applicable, relevant and uplifting encouraging sermons, there are other mindsets that have set me free internally and brought about a change in my life that goes beyond the message of the preacher.
Paul writes in Galatians that he did not receive any revelation from man. He did not sit under the teaching of any preacher or preacher’s son. No. He says that the revelation he received, was from Christ Jesus himself. Wow!
I myself love to hear sermons from the greats as well as my local church Pastor, however Paul received all his revelation from Jesus – who he never met in person. Paul even rebukes Peter for not following through on the Gospel that Peter himself was preaching. Paul was such a strong character, because he drew his identity from his Heavenly Father. He was able to put everything else aside, and connect relationally with Jesus our source of life. From that place, Paul was able to incredible things on this Earth.
Perhaps you can ask yourself this week; does my personal revelation of what I know about God, come mainly through a preacher/teacher or directly from God himself?
I am challenged personally to approach God as if he is the only source from where the truth comes from. Truth for my personal life; the goals I wish to achieve, the person I want to become, how I relate to my family and friends, what job opportunities and life decision I make. Imagine if everything you did on this Earth, was a result of knowing and understanding that the only one who could ever reach me, teach me, encourage me, exhort me, is the Son of God.
May our identity continue to grow in Him alone.