A guest post in the Shoulder to Shoulder Identity and Purpose series.
Don’t you love how the grace of God spills freely from His heart and into our lives? It is an extravagant gift, yet often so hard for us to accept.
He breathes life into us, forms us, and uniquely crafts us. (Acts 17:25, Psalm 139:13)
We are His workmanship. His masterpiece. (Ephesians 2:10)
If I’m honest, I sometimes struggle with this, especially in regard to relationships. It’s so easy to get caught up in our roles . . . Mother, Employee, Church Member, Wife, Daughter, etc. And I don’t know about you, but often it makes my life feel segmented, because I’m not operating from the root of who God says I am. In fact, I sometimes feel stretched thin by trying to keep up with all the demands of my relationships. In my life, this occurs when I allow my roles to define me and I begin to strive to live up to worldly expectations as opposed to Biblical commands.
God’s word lays out certain guidelines for being a wife and parent, as well as in many other areas of responsibility. These truths are important in living out our lives in the context of relationships. We should carefully study these and walk in obedience to what the Bible says about our roles and responsibilities, while also understanding that these roles don’t define us.
He has ‘knitted’ us together (Psalm 139:13, ESV). And in Him, our life is complete.
Colossians 2:9-10 (KJV) says: “For in Him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in Him, which is the head of all principality and power.”
We are complete in Jesus!
At the root of this truth, we find our true identity. And from this foundation, we can better navigate our relationships. The more we live ‘in Christ’ and allow His love and grace to change us and define us, the more confident we will feel in our relationships and the more complete our lives will be!
Sherri Autry has been married to her husband, David, for 32 years. They have two married daughters and "the world's most wonderful" 18-month old granddaughter! Sherri works full-time and loves all things chocolate. She serves in Brookstone's women's ministry & as a life group leader and believes that everyone has a story God can redeem & use for His glory. (2 Cor. 5:17)
This is the second post in a series that will lead up to Shoulder to Shoulder's INSPIRE night, February 19th from 6:30-8 at our Weaverville campus. Register at brookstonechurch.org/inspire