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Do You Know You Are the Beloved?

Why do you suppose it was so essential for Jesus to make sure that His disciples knew who He really was?  It wasn't okay for them to think of Him as a prophet, a good person, or a wise religious leader.  It was mandatory that they clearly understood that He was the Son of God.
Jesus came to this earth not only to tell us who He was, but He also came toshow us who we really are.  Let’s face it; it can get very cloudydown here on earth.  There are many days that we think we are not worthmuch at all.  We can become hopeless thinking that we can never be enoughfor our boss, our spouse, and our friends.  We look at ourselves and think, "I'mjust not measuring up here.  I don't have what it takes.  I'm not appreciated,so I must not be worth much."  Nothing can be further from the truth.  Jesuswants you to know who He is so He can tell you who you are.  You are God’schild.  You are His beloved.
I love the way Jesus knew who He was when the world was telling Him He was somethingdifferent.  He didn't listen to the crowds who saw Him as a miracle maker.  Hedidn't derail God’s plan and do more and more miracles to get the crowdsto grow larger and larger.  He didn't throw up His hands and refuse to talkto the Pharisees anymore when they dished out the ultimate insult by callingHim the Son of Satan.  He simply stood firm and exposed the absurdity oftheir thinking.  Jesus never wavered while He lived in this world becauseHe knew who He was. 
I find myself needing to reconnect with who I really am on a daily basis. Itis so easy to listen to the voices in my head telling me that I'm not good enough.  Ineed to accomplish more; I need to do better.  According to my HeavenlyFather I am His dearly loved child.  I am the beloved.  I love theway John the disciple refers to himself as the beloved disciple.  I'm surethis was not an easy spiritual development.  I'm guessing that there weredays that he felt overwhelmed with the needs of the world too.  I bet thathe doubted he was doing a great job in carrying out Jesus’ message whenhe saw his converts persecuted and killed for their belief.  I've got tobelieve there were days that he doubted his belovedness because of things thatwere going on in the world. 
When you find yourself doubting that you are beloved, begin your journey homeby first reflecting on who Jesus is.  Remember that He is the One and Only,the One who takes away the sin of the world.  Jesus is the one whose deathmade it possible for us to receive the Spirit of God in our lives.  It isthrough the Spirit that we call out to God as Abba—Daddy God.  Onceyou begin to reflect on the Trinity and what they say about themselves and us,you will once again get in touch with who you are.  You are the dearly belovedof the Father.  As He says also in Hosea, “I WILL CALL THOSE WHO WERENOT MY PEOPLE, 'MY PEOPLE,' AND HER WHO WAS NOT BELOVED, 'BELOVED.'" (Romans9:25).  You will know that you have fully accepted your beloved state whenyou are being an imitator of God according to Ephesians 5:1.  Live likethe beloved child you are today.


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