Hebrews 2:11 says that “Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers and sisters.”
I’m blown away by that. Jesus calls his followers brothers and sisters. Siblings. What’s more is that he is “not ashamed” to do so.
Think of all the times we have gone against God’s teachings. Think about the wayward thoughts, decisions, disobedience, or apathy. Even still, Jesus is not ashamed to call us brothers and sisters.
You are defined not by sin but by a Saviour. No sin is bigger than God’s forgiveness. This isn’t an excuse to do whatever you want. It is confidence that when Jesus calls us “brothers and sisters” he means it, even when you mess up.
On playgrounds all across the country, big siblings are looking out for little siblings. Well, our big brother Jesus comes to our rescue on the playground of spiritual warfare. Shablamo!
Today there is a lot of talk and confusion about what makes up your “identity.” From what I can see many of these theories—although sometimes well-meaning—are either made up, fleeting, or untethered to anything permanent.
I truly believe that a part of the reason there is so much despair and confusion (and even suicide) is because people are basing their very identity on partial truths or untruths which, when tested even just a little bit, collapse beneath them.
But your identity as a child of God—as a brother or sister of Jesus—is firm, not flimsy. No trial, temptation, storm or sin will ever erode the unshakable foundation and hope of our very existence: Christ the Lord.
When you know who you are no matter what, you can have confidence no matter what.
Today, be sure of this: You are a child of God.
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–Bible quotes are from the NIV.