The book Designed for Inheritance by Carlos Rodriguez has been in my house for about a year. I finally picked it up. Wonderful! Excellent! and I’m only on page 23. I will definitely be writing a longer post about it soon.
“Jesus died because He had a Father too extraordinary to keep for Himself, and His death was the only vehicle that could provide our reunion. We are now able to respond to the Father who runs, kisses, hugs, ignores religion and puts on us His best garments. He is the one who will never deny us the return of our inheritance….God has forever been a Father and that’s the way He has chosen to identify Himself with you and me…When the son’s identity becomes a reflection of a father’s character without diminishing his own name, he is expressing sonship to the fullest, as Jesus did with God….The word father is described as ‘the one who gives identity to his children’. It is the nature of a father figure to define, to give a name, to influence and shape.”
This reminds me of my favorite quote from another book called Come to Papa by Gary Wiens: “I am your glory; I am the One who defines you, and the One who imparts to you all your significance. If you will come to Me, I will lift your head again, I will raise your eyes from that bent position. I will cause you to gaze upon Me, the One able to save you and restore you into being the person I created you to be.”
It’s really all about identity. We must define ourselves the way God defines us. In order to this we must know how He defines us.
Reflect on this: You are the righteousness of God in Christ. (2 Corinthians 5:21)