Child Identified

Exodus 3:1–12, 1 John 2:28–29, 1 John 4:7 (read online ⧉)

Moses was not a shining example of humanity. He was…human. He had a temper. He certainly had a confused identity. He was a child of the court of Egypt. How he fit (or didn’t ) into the courts of the Pharoahs is an unknown. A Pharoah’s daughter pulled him from the Nile, knowing he was a Hebrew. Then she gave him to a Hebrew to be a nurse. We don’t know anything that really occurred in his from his asing to a Hebrew nursemaid to the day he killed an Egyptian overseer. We can reasonably assume that Moses dealt with two identities, one as an adopted child of the Pharoahic court, and one the blood child of a Hebrew. Moses was, in many s, destined to be forever confused and torn by his two identities. This is much the same with us. We have our human earthly identity, and we have our heavenly identity. We often become confused between them.

John writes, “ Everyone who does what is right, has been born of him.” Most of us look at these words and ask, “What about me?” We see them in the light of our own es and failures. With that , it’s hard for the words to bring us comfort. Knowing to whom John was writing (people he d, cared for, and wanted the best for), we can be assured that it wasn’t his goal. Our identity in Jesus Christ is something far different than our identity on earth. It is to that identity that John writes. That identity has done what is right and has been born of him.

When John speaks later about everyone born of s, we are a tied back to the one of whom we are born…Jesus Christ. So much of who we are is our identity. Some of our identity is nothing we can control (i.e., family of origin, birth , native tongue, etc.). Other things we can identify with. Hopefully, you have chosen—at this point—to identify as a Child of through Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. Holding onto and affirming this identity is what creates the space in our ts and lives to be right and (ly) loving.

Moses, like us, had two identities, Hebrew and of Pharaoh. In many s, both are earthly identities prone to failures and flaws. Yet, Moses did choose to be a Hebrew. Then he accepted (granted, somewhat grudgingly) the prophetic leadership of a people taking them from earthly to ly . Moses made mistakes before and during the journey. The Hebrews made plenty of their own mistakes. Despite all of that, however, still identified them as his chosen people.

1) What do you see as your earthly identities? How do they coexist, and how do they conflict?

2) While calls us his children, why do we tend to undermine that identity by identifying with our failures, mistakes, and tendencies?

3) Say out loud, “I am a d child of .” What was your emotional and reaction to that? Why do you think that is?

Pastor Ian

By Pastor Ian

Ian is an ordained Elder in The Church of the Nazarene, and is currently serving as the Online Campus Pastor at Generations Community Church in Marysville, WA, USA.