Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Simple Kidmin Podcast Episode 001: Living as a Kid of the King

Sometimes its way too easy to let our identity get wrapped up in what we do for God, that we forget how to live life with God.  You probably spend a lot of time serving, teaching and ministering to God’s kids and the leaders who lead them, but do you know how to live as one of God’s kids yourself?  

That's what we're covering today in the Simple Kidmin podcast.  You can listen to this episode in iTunes or on the embedded player below.

When we forget that we are children of God, we become:

  • fearful
  • controlling
  • approval seeking
  • suspicious
  • cynical
  • judgmental
  • protective
  • cautious
  • bitter
  • stressed out
  • worn out
  • burned out

The Resolute Desk

Check out this picture of JFK, Jr. playing under the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office.  This picture reminds us that none only do we get to play at the feet of our Dad in heaven, but he also invites to the desk to join Him in His work.

Life Under the Hood

At the end of the podcast I tell a story about how my dad invited me to "help" him fix our car when I was a kid and compare that same experience to ministry.  God certainly doesn't need our help, but He includes us in His work because He wants to spend time with us and help us become more like Him.  I've written a more detailed version of this story here.

3 practical steps to keep your identity grounded:

1.  Memorize scripture that declares your identity.  Here are a few to get you started. You are . . .

  • A Child of the King (1 John 3:1)
  • Forgiven (Ephesians 1:7)
  • Free (John 8:36)
  • Loved (John 3:16)
  • Victorious (Romans 8:37)
  • God’s Representative (2 Corinthians 5:20)
  • A World Changer (Acts 1:8)
  • A Citizen of Heaven (Philippians 3:20)
  • God’s Masterpiece (Ephesians 2:10)
  • Royalty (1 Peter 2:9)

2.  Find someone you trust to pray for you and with you about your identity.  

3.  Seek godly counseling to help you overcome the hurts, habits and hangups that get in the way of seeing yourself how God sees you.  

Resources to go deeper:

Identity in Christ Video Series

Identity Theft by Mike Breaux

Hello, My Name Is by Matthew West


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