Rodney McAuley – YFC USA Prayer Coordinator
Who Are You Really?
“Just as Jesus was coming up out of the water, he saw heaven being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.”
“You are my Son” – Settles the question of identity.
“But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship. Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father.” So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir.”
Question: What “role” will most fundamentally define you?
“Whom I love” – Settles the question about security.
“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Question: Where will you look for unconditional love?
“With you I am well pleased” – Settles the question about value
“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
Question: Where will you find your value or worth?
The above devotional was used at YFCUSA Regional Conferences this year. It served as a reminder to staff and volunteers of the importance of personal soul care. In order to effectively serve the kids and families to whom we’ve been called, we must first and continuously be in alignment with our Father, just as Jesus was. Be reminded of two things from the above central text from Mark, along with the parallel texts in the other Gospels:
heaven opened when Jesus prayed
Holy Spirit landed on Jesus — and remained.
I invite you to pray something along these lines this coming week: “Flesh, be submitted to my soul. Soul, be submitted to my spirit. Spirit, be submitted to Holy Spirit.” I’ll be praying along with and for you. May His words be rhema for us this week, releasing us to walk in authority, confidence, and humility.