The origin of sin is pride and its expression came in the form of the creation rising up against its creator saying: “-I don’t need you, I can do this on my own!” We were created for communion and our purpose is in belonging. Because of this, it is not until we have returned home to God, that we will be totally settled in life. There is nothing lacking or missing in God. In Himself He is perfect communion. Love is and exists in Him who is three in one. Our holy God of trinity holds communion and fellowship within himself.

When we are restored back to this fellowship we are brought back to our original purpose. Re-adopted, we become sons and daughters in the family of God. When Jesus rose from the grave, the first thing he says is “-…..Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’ ”John 20:17. So the first way Jesus addresses his disciples after having died and resurrected is as; HIS BRETHREN. What beautiful words of eternal grace and endless hope. Words that reinstall us all to the identity we had with Him before we existed. My Father and your Father, my God and your God!

Before we’ve come back home in our relationship with the Father, our own striving is our best attempt to find identity in something or someone. When we have come home we are because God is. He is “I am”, and we are fulfilled in Him. Our old nature in Adam wants independence. But that independence really consists of seeking glory unto self. Being rewarded for what we accomplish and not for who we are. I promise you, that is not a place you want to be in. Jesus says: ““Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 5:3. Those who find themselves giving up on their attempts to always achieve will instead let grace lead them to receive.

Throughout the history of the body of Christ, we seem to fall back into a behavior of trying to deserve Gods goodness. We seem to put our pride in rolling up our sleeves, make our best efforts and show God that we have earned mercy. But mercy is not earned, it is given. And unless we become like children we can not enter the kingdom of God.

Gods gift is eternal life in Jesus Christ, Rom 6:23. And that life is here, now, in Him. It’s a gift, His gift to You. And what more, listen to these words from Paul in the letter to the Corinthians. “What we have received is not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may understand what God has freely given us.” 1 Cor 2:12. You we’re designed and loved before you took form. And before the foundations of the world, the Father took action to reassure that you would never ever have to be apart from Him. This is his gift to you according to how deeply He values you.