Is Our Identity In Christ?

Where does our identity reside?  

Is it in a building, a person, a credit card, a location, a wardrobe or philosophical teaching?

I see a Christ that yearns for his servants to realize that true identity is only found and held in Him.  In his wounds that bled on Calvary.  In his blood that was shed for our filth.

It is at the foot of His cross that we find our identity.  It is there that we see the savior, hanging lifeless for all of mankind.  It is there, at the foot of his cross that we lose all that we are and gain all that He wants us to become.

Let us not lose focus on who the author and finisher of our faith is.  He is the Christ child, who grew up among Jews, gentiles, prostitutes, and heretics.  The Christ child who spoke with authority in the temple while others marveled at his wisdom and criticized him.

The child who grew up and spoke to crowds congregated in Jewish temples. The savior who rescued a harlot from being stoned.

The redemption of mankind who came into the world as a child and left as the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

His identity was in His father and in doing the will of his father.  He was no less of a savior when he established his ministry among unbelieving Jews and Pharisees.  He was and always will be God incarnate.

Let us find our identity in him and in him alone.

Amen – Mariana

He is the Lover of Our Souls

It’s not always easy to do the right thing.

Sometimes we are ridiculed and mistreated by the world and by our own brothers, when we choose to take up the Cross of Christ.
But in all things we know that if we have Jesus as our CEO and CFO all things will work out for good.

The creator and lover of our souls knows the deepest desires and troubles of our heart.  He is the only one who can comfort, restore, clean, rebuild and heal those things in us that keep us apart from Him.

And we know that it is in the fiery furnace that we find Jesus walking among us, as did Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego.

Love Mariana

Where God Wants Us To Be – A Message for Advent by Dietrich Bonhoeffer


    Where the understanding is outraged,

where human nature rebels,

where our piety keeps a nervous distance:

there, precisely there, God loves to be;

there he baffles the wisdom of the wise;

there he vexes our nature, our religious instincts.

There he wants to be, and no one can prevent him.

Only the humble believe him and rejoice

that God is so free and grand,

that he works wonders where man looses heart,

that he makes splendid what is slight and lowly.

Indeed, this is the wonder of wonders,

That God loves the lowly.

“God has regarded the low estate of his handmaiden.”

God in lowliness —

That is the revolutionary, the passionate word of Advent. 

From a sermon preached by Bonhoeffer on the 3rd Sunday of Advent in 1933