This was the greatest gift my dad ever gave me. He looked at me with tears and said, “Son, I had a successful ministry and success life. And I allowed myself to get wrapped up in that.” His failures and mistakes shape who I am today—as a father, as a husband, and as a leader. The first step of reconciliation was tough but God used it in rich ways for my growth and sanctification.
Brody’s father fell back into sexual addition that he struggled with before he was a believer. His successes and failures affected everything and everyone around him, but God’s grace is bigger than the failures of our parents.
Christians, we need to remember that we are children of God. You might be a school teacher, a pastor, a fighter pilot, or you might be a combat veteran who wrestles with finding their identity outside of the service. You might be retired and trying to find your identity. You may be a young woman or a young man who is starting your career right now is the time to establish that your identity is in Christ.
Don’t pursue the approval of others—it will eclipse your main focus of knowing Christ and becoming more like Him. Then, you’ll be pursuing whatever you think you need to be or what others think you need to be. It’s a slippery slope.
Who you are is determined by how you perceive Jesus and what you do with Him. As we pursue Christ and allow Him to conform us more into His image, that is going to form and shape our identity.
“When Jesus saved us, redeems us, and begins to set us free from the controls and dominions of sin, one of the things He sets us free from is the weight of someone else’s failure that impacts us.”
“If we can see how God can use that for His glory and our good- because people, persecution and hardship either crushes/destroys them or makes them stronger.”
“I allowed my call to ministry to be eclipsed to the greater call God has on all of our lives that is the call to be conformed into the image of Jesus.”
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