Reclaiming Your Identity As A Man: Who You Are & Whose You Are

Here is the devotional:

Yesterday we talked about a false identity and how we often find it easy to outsource our self-worth to things that don’t help us. Today we want to talk about where we came from. I have a five-year-old son who is bright eyed and ever so curious about the world around him. He is always asking me endless questions about how things work, where this road we are driving will take us, how many minutes until we get there… You get the picture.

Sometimes I get annoyed by it all and just want some peace and quiet. But I am careful not to kill that curiosity in him. Here’s why: It is our curiosity to know where we came from as men, that will give us a roadmap to who we are, and why we are the way we are. Every day before my son goes off to school, I grab him by both shoulders, kneel down and tell him “You are my son. I am proud of you. You are dearly loved by your mother and me. You are a Casey. Now go out there and do your best.” He always smiles and wriggles out of my arms. But I believe with all of my heart that my son needs to hear his identity every day as a young boy. It becomes part of how he thinks about himself. Because as he leaves preschool and steps out further, the world will offer him an opposing view about who he is, and who he belongs to.

For many of us, that can be a painful journey as we learn about our fathers, or maybe even fathers we did not know. Maybe our father was present every day physically in the home but not there emotionally or spiritually for us. As I look in the mirror in the mornings and look at my kids over a bowl of cereal, maybe I’m that father.

When we are born, we have earthly parents. But even more divine, we begin a spiritual journey as well with God. God begins to pursue our hearts, and tell us who we are through dependence first on our mothers for nourishment, and also on our fathers for provision as well in other ways as we grow. We learn through our surroundings about who God is without even knowing it.

God says in His word that we are his children, we have a birthright, heir to the inheritance, and that He is our Father. Let’s all meditate on what that means today, rather than saying what we typically think of ourselves.

Read these verses over and over today. Post them on your bathroom mirror, in your car, or on your wall in your office. Say them day in and day out until you believe and know them in your head and your heart. Watch what God will do when you know your identity in Christ as a Child of God, and Heir to the Throne.

Here are the scriptures referenced:

But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
John 1:12 KJV

Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his Lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.
John 15:15 KJV

And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.
Romans 8:17 KJV

Here are Stu’s thoughts:

Considering today’s world where kids are influenced, through social media, by the Gay, Lesbian, non gender, uni gender or anything else they call themselves I am very happy to read what the author says to his son daily.

This will have an impact on his life. First he knows he is loved by his parents and they reinforce the son status.

In this day and age when children are allowed to change their sex because they feel as if they are another gender we all should do this to our children, grandchildren and even great grandchildren!

There is only X & Y…male and female. It is in the DNA.

And we as parents should not only reinforce our love to our children but their gender status as well.

Physically our children come from us…parents.

As we nurture our children we need to point them God. That He sent Jesus to die on cross for their sins. To share with them how MUCH their heavenly Father loves them!

And once they accept Christ we need to enforce whose they are.

They are joint heirs through Christ which means they are a child of the living God!

They already know who they are. They are your son or daughter and they are loved.

And sometimes we, as adults, need to have that reenforced in our lives!

So I am here to tell you that YOU are a child of God and deeply loved!

Now just go to your Father and say thank you for your love!

2 thoughts on “Reclaiming Your Identity As A Man: Who You Are & Whose You Are”

  1. Thank You, Father, for Your Love, Your Agape beyond all our understanding.
    I agree with you, Stu: We must tell our children, and show them, who they are and Whose they are. We must teach them firmly at home because, as you say, they “learn” so much outside the home (scary).

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