Giving and Receiving Identity
Ephesians 1:5-6The Message (MSG)
The God of Glory
3-6 How blessed is God! And what a blessing he is! He’s the Father of our Master, Jesus Christ, and takes us to the high places of blessing in him. Long before he laid down earth’s foundations, he had us in mind, had settled on us as the focus of his love, to be made whole and holy by his love. Long, long ago he decided to adopt us into his family through Jesus Christ. (What pleasure he took in planning this!) He wanted us to enter into the celebration of his lavish gift-giving by the hand of his beloved Son.
Love is a flow between the Trinity, and that love is a giving and receiving, an inward and outward flow between us and Them. Our true identity can be found in that movement of to and fro. In this flow we are just as much of a blessing as we are blessed. The Message translation is correct to speak of this give and take through celebration, “The Divine Dance” as Richard Rohr so beautifully puts it.
Before we truly enter this celebration we stumble looking for an identity. Some of us put ourselves through hell searching for our place, our identity. I am one. Some of us are taught from an early age that we are adopted into God’s family through Christ Jesus, never really knowing what that means. Yet, we go along with it giving our heuristic minds a secret place to fester while struggle for identity in the Family, never being allowed to question what that truly means. “For the Bible tells me so, dear child.”
If I am being love selflessly to all, I am being my true identity. If I am receiving love selflessly from all, I am being my true identity. Loving others as ourselves was not just a great commandment, it was Jesus telling us who we are and what we are created for. So next time you ever question who you are and what you are here for, They created you in Their image. Man and woman. They are love flowing, therefore, you are too.