For it was always in his perfect plan to adopt us as his delightful children so that his tremendous grace that cascades over us would bring him glory — for the same love he has for his Beloved One, Jesus, he has for us! Ephesians 1:5-6 (TPT)
Discover Who You Are – The Fighting Series – Part 2
Ephesians is an incredible letter written by a man who had a keen insight into the supernatural. Initially, this letter was to be circulated and read out in all the churches, not just Ephesus. It wasn’t given its title until years later. Full of encouragement and direction, it’s the perfect cherry picking book. You can grab single verses from it and make them sing on their own.
But when you look at this book as a whole and see its narrative and trajectory, you’ll see that this book is going somewhere.
The first three books are mostly about our identity. Who we are and how God sees us individually and collectively.
Ephesians 1:3-4 says,
“Everything heaven contains has already been lavished upon us as a love gift from our wonderful heavenly Father, the Father of our Lord all because he sees us wrapped into Christ. This is why we celebrate him with all our hearts! And he chose us to be his very own, joining us to himself even before he laid the foundation of the universe! Because of his great love, he ordained us as one with Christ from the beginning so that we would be seen as holy in his eyes with an unstained innocence.”
We’re wrapped up in family through Christ, Jew and Gentile alike. Read: whether you think you’re in or out, those you think are out, those you think are in – we’re actually all in. And together we are the Church (don’t think buildings and denominations and speakers and singers and conferences), those who are awake to God's love and Kingdom. We do what we have been given to do to help others wake up and see for themselves that the divine is good and real and present.
When you discover who you are, and learn how to be (humbly) confident with your-self, you know quite intuitively what to do with your life. And I mean that more in terms of internal worth and value than jobs and vocation and career.
My identity issues were birthed from the idea that it's what I DO that makes me significant. But, the opposite of that is true: WHO you are gives power to WHAT you do. And when you discover who you are, you're free from the pressure to perform for your significance. You’ll be learning in real time how to live from a place of value.
We should be asking each other “Who do you want to be?”
Ephesians tells us that God has ALREADY – before we lifted a finger to do ANYTHING – lavished us with his love and ordained us to be ONE with Christ. He has extended his grace and faith towards us because of WHO we are: birthed in the mind of God, purposed from the beginning of time, knit together in our mother's wombs by infinite hands.
Not just me, or you, but all of us. Teams, nations, battles, aside.
And when we begin to understand this, it changes everything.
It changes how we fight.
Written by Liz Milani