It’s a loaded question, one that probes my very existence. Jesus faced it (John 8:24-25, 28). When I face it, I usually answer with the name from my earthly family. But we each have an identity from a larger family that draws its identity from the Father “of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named” (Ephesians 3:15). We have multiple layers of identity that overlap, but hopefully they are complementary.
But what if they contradict? What if my human family doesn’t identify with my heavenly? Both the fifth commandment and Jesus’ counsel in Matthew 10:35-38 show the importance and the limitation of earthly familial ties. Those closest to us on earth can be the greatest threat, as well as benefit, to our bigger identity in God.
Consider with me the importance of our core identity, the danger of conflicting identities, and the amazing corporate identity given to Seventh-day Adventists. Learning the unfolding story of God is the key to knowing who we are.
In 2 Corinthians 5:14- …
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