In last Sunday's sermon, "Part 3: Picking up the Pieces: Baptized", Cory talked about how all of us ask the question, "Who am I?" As I thought more about that question, I immediately thought of my infant son, Aidan. I thought, "How is he asking that question, and how am I answering that for him?" It made me realize how non-intellectual of a question that is for him. He doesn't even know he asks it, but I can see him asking it whenever he looks in my eyes, and my presence with him is where the answer lies. I just look back at him, and I feel like what is being "communicated" is that he is MY beloved, that he is GOOD, and that he matters to me.
I realize that this is the exact same way we want our question of "Who am I?" to be answered - not intellectually, but relationally. Any true sense of identity comes only from intimacy. When I sense God's intimate presence I know exactly who I am.
I think we kid ourselves that roles and abilities are what give us identity, but the most satisfying and true identity comes from intimacy - knowing myself in context of closeness to God.
Bible Passages for Sunday, March 19:
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