Hello, My Name Is (week 1)
See how very much our Father loves us, for he calls us his children, and that is what we are! But the people who belong to this world don’t recognize that we are God’s children because they don’t know him (1 John 3:1 NLT).
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you” (Jeremiah 1:5 NIV).
CONTEXT OF SCRIPTURE
The first half of the verse from 1 John 3 reminds us just how much God loves us—so much so that He calls us His children.
Often times we think God isn’t a big fan of us, because we see everything that’s wrong with ourselves. But nothing could be further from the truth. God loves us so much, He has chosen to call us His children.
The second half of the verse from 1 John 3 reminds us that the people in our culture today don’t always see the whole picture. They don’t know God, so they aren’t good judges of His children. So, we shouldn’t rely on what they—the people and culture around us—say about who we are.
So here’s a random question: How did you write your bio on Instagram or Facebook?
Have you ever been somewhere new with people you don’t know, and someone asks you to wear one of those “Hello, My Name Is ________” stickers and fill in your name?
Your name is what people call you. But your identity, the real you, is something else entirely.
But who is the real you? That’s a strange question, but it’s actually a very important one.
The bottom line is this: Your view of you affects the quality of your present and future!
Many of us identify ourselves with labels—labels that were given to us by other people!
See, we often don’t know how to fill in the blank about who we are. So we let other people fill in the blank.
So you and I have work to do: We have to figure out which messages can stay, and which messages need to go.
We’re going to look a letter in the New Testament written by one of Jesus’ friends, John.
It’s generally believed that when John wrote the letter we’re going to look at today, he was an old man.
John knew that time was running short, and he was desperate to make sure that people knew what God thought of them before the memory of Jesus faded.
John basically says that God is crazy about you.
Unlike teachers and advertisers, even close friends and family,
God actually knows who you are. He knows the real you! The truth is this: No one knows us better than the One whocreated us.
John is also saying that the people in our culture don’t always see the whole picture. They don’t know God, so they aren’t good judges of His children.
The people around you cannot be a good judge of the real you because they didn’t make you and they don’t even know who you are.
What God says about you is the most important thing about you.
According to John, God says you are loved and you are His.
What would it look like for you to allow what God says about you to shape you in the same way?
I’m guessing that you’d feel different, make different decisions, treat yourself differently, and treat others differently.
I want you to remember this: What God says about you is the most important thing about you.