John 15:15 (NRSV): I do not call you servants any longer, because the servant does not know what the master is doing; but I have called you friends, because I have made known to you everything that I have heard from my Father.
Who are you? Not your name, your role, your job, but who are you at your very core? Are you linked so tightly with the roles you have and play that you cannot separate yourself from them? To see yourself as an individual if all those roles were somehow wiped away?
Recently I was in a conversation with colleagues where we discussed identity and who we are at our core. Is it our role as ministers? Is it as leaders, teammates?
I affirmed that I am, at my core, a beloved child of God, with a light of Christ shining within me. Is that what you believe? Do you know at your core that no matter what you do or the mistakes you make, that you are a beloved child of God?
I hope that you do. Sharing that belief is how we invite others into a relationship with Jesus. In many ways that is how we grow the church. When we live into our belovedness, our faithfulness, and share that faith, it brings others to Jesus, it ministers to our community and our congregations .
Know, please know my friends, that you are beloved children of God. I pray you know that.