Message from Pastor

Message From Pastor Miller

When the fullness of time had come,

    God sent forth His son, born of a woman, born under the law,

    to redeem those who were under the law

             so that we might receive adoption as sons (Galatians 4:4-5).

 

A few years back a motorist noticed a man walking along the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway. Even for the most experienced NYC driver that was unusual, so he called 911. The responding officer promptly moved the man to safety. In appearance everything looked fine, his clothes, his baseball cap, even some papers identifying his name and age, as well as $300 in his pocket. But when questioned the, man had no idea who he was. As far as I know, to this day, authorities are still asking for help. Who is the man and who will claim him? (June 21, 2013 New York Times).

When people lose the ability to recall basic information stored in memory we call it amnesia. Experts say there are many different causes and types. Let’s consider one type: “Christian Identity Amnesia (CIA).” As Christians we sometimes forget WHO WE ARE in Christ!

You and I have an amazing identity! We are all sons of God by grace through faith in Christ Jesus (Galatians 3:26). Our Lord redeemed us, so that we might receive adoption as sons of God (Galatians 4:5). The Apostle John also writes, Now you are the children of God. This new identity means that heaven is ours already, even as we wait for our Redeemer to take us home. And unlike the man in the story, our real and true ID is established and proved by nothing less than God’s own Word.

In our life as redeemed sinner/saints, we have bouts with amnesia. With each careless or mean spoken word, every lustful or greedy thought, every incident of stumbling (or rushing) into temptation and sin, we display Christian Amnesia. We forget who we are, who God has called us to be.

The story of people becoming lost is more common than we may know. For the man in the story and others like him, a sad fact is they may never be claimed. Nevertheless, we can be sure that even though we may, at times, forget our real and true identity in Christ, God will not forget – ever.

Dear friends, who we are in Christ is amazing! Let’s remember and remind one another WHO, by God’s grace in Jesus, we are. We have been bought with a price (1 Corinthians 6:20)! (How’s that for being claimed?) Let’s live out our amazing identity (even in the heat and dry of summer) with thankfulness, joy, and strength!

Blessings to you and yours this summer and always!

A child of God, baptized in Christ,