February 5, 2022

Heritage

Happy is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people whom he has chosen as his heritage.
Psalm 33:12
What's my heritage? There are probably many ways I can answer this question. My heritage is a set of traditions and customs passed down to me from my forebears. My heritage is what I inherited from my parents. My heritage is my country or my religion. My heritage is what has come to me by virtue of my birth. Some people are really into their heritage—often to an unhealthy degree. 
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The Bible is also big on heritage, but only so far as we acknowledge the rôle God plays in our lives—especially in our self-identity. While the world might define me by the color of my skin or my native tongue or my passport or my job or the dignity (or lack thereof) of my family name, my faith teaches me that my true identity lies in how God sees me.

In baptism, my name is bound up in the Name of the Triune God. I am a part of God's heritage, and God is all of mine. When possible, I will continue to honor what has come to me of my family and my nation. Even more, I will continue to maintain the traditions of my faith. But should any of these come into conflict with what it means to be a child of the Most High, may it be God that I honor, God who is my only Lord.

Because you are children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” So you are no longer a slave but a child, and if a child then also an heir, through God.
 Galatians 4:6-7
Prayer after thinking about today's devotion:
I thank you, O God, that I am yours and you are mine.
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After your own thanksgivings & petitions, close with the Lord's Prayer.

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