Theme: I Am Yours
Date: October 25-27, 2019Verse: “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” – Psalm 23:6 (KJV)
My vision for VNTB weekend #33 is that you will come to know Christ as your source of identity. My prayer is that, on this journey over the next several months, you will be able to identify and remove the labels that you have placed on yourself. And, as these labels come off and you understand who you are in Christ, you can begin to embrace that He dwells in you and you can hear Him say, “I am yours”.
Every day, many times, without even knowing it, we place labels on ourselves; labels that we use to define who we are to someone else – daughter, mother, girlfriend, wife, sister, friend and more. We place labels that are used to define how we see ourselves or what others tell us we are. Whether in a good way, such as loved, cherished, beautiful or valued, or in a bad way, such as abandoned, rejected, ugly or empty. We use these worldly labels to form our identity – to tell us who we are. But, God says, none of these labels define you. The only thing that defines you is who Christ says you are.
From a young age, I struggled with acceptance and, because of this, a root of rejection formed deep within my identity. This misplaced identity told me that I could never measure up and that I could never be good enough. But God! He always has a better plan for us. As I sought God through a difficult period in my life, He showed me that my identity is not defined by me or others around me. I was able to choose to take off my self-imposed identity of rejection and pick up Christ’s identity. I invited God in and He did a work in me to uproot rejection and replace it with how He sees me. I learned how to stand on His love as my foundation and took a firm hold of who I am in Christ.
When we allow Him in, Christ dwells in us, regardless of where we are in our own thoughts and feelings and, because of this, His love and His mercy are a free gift to us. Once you strip away the labels and truly understand who you are in Christ, you can’t help but want to praise Him for His goodness and His mercy!
What labels have you allowed to define who you are? What circumstances may God be allowing to use to draw you closer to Him as your source of identity? God is calling to you right now and He is saying “I am yours”. Will you come along on this journey about your identity in Christ with me? When you hear Him say “I am yours,” will you lean in with me and believe?
I can’t wait to see what God does in our lives as we walk out this theme together!
Mandy Morreale – Honored to be serving as VNTB #33 Director