We received a “Happy Holiday” card from a lady this past week and it saddened me. It was a picture of
this woman and her little boy. What saddened me is that the focus of this picture was not the little boy
or the mom holding the lad, but the focus was on the tattoo that ran from the woman’s shoulder down
to her wrist. It wasn’t a tattoo of flowers or birds, but, of black markings that to me were nondescript.
This brings me to why I am sharing this with you. The reason this woman had this tattoo was to help her
identify herself and to belong!
The identification was not for others, but, for her! People today are lost. They have no anchor. They
have no identity, no reason for why they are here, no answer to the question “who am I?”
The World will give cheap answers, plastic diamonds that will not stand the test of time, but, will leave
the individual’s heart empty and alone.
People will gather to themselves philosophies, religious concepts and thought patterns that are built on
shifting sands. In Jeremiah these are called broken cisterns that can hold no water.
Jeremiah 2:13 (KJV)
13 For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, and
hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water.
This poor woman thought that her tattoo would give her identity and give her a sense of belonging, but,
it won’t. This is like a ship without a rudder being tossed to and fro by the waves of life. You don’t have
to go through life in a boat without a rudder because when you were born again, Romans 10:9,10 you
became a member of the Royal Household of God. Your identity is WITH and IN Christ Jesus our lord.
This membership is not only life long, but, everlasting.
Ephesians 2:19 (KJV)
19 Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the
household of God;
You are OF, OF, OF the household of God. We are members one of another. You’re not just an “empty”
floating by, you are royalty!
1 John 3:1 (KJV)
1 Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the
sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.
Now, Now, Now are you sons and daughters of God Almighty. And look at the rest of that verse,
the world doesn’t know you as what you really are. It looks at you just like it did Jesus Christ! It
saw the man. It could not see what was inside. When the world looks at you it is blind to the
reality of who you are and the Christ within.
1 John 3:2 (KJV)
2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that,
when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.Ephesians 1:4 (KJV)
4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and
without blame before him in love:
It is time to stand up, throw your shoulders back and proclaim “I AM a child of God and I AM a member
of the Royal Household of God!”
The world will try to tell you that you’re no good or that you can’t make a difference. Don’t listen! Look,
God doesn’t condemn you (Romans 8:1,) God loves you! (John 3:16) Jesus Christ doesn’t condemn you
so why would you condemn yourself? DON’T!
Romans 8:31-39 (KJV)
31 What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?
32 He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely
give us all things?
33 Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth.
34 Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the
right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.
35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine,
or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the
37 Nay,( AND NAY MEANS NO!) in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that
loved us.
38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things
present, nor things to come,
39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which
is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
We are children of God. We are free from condemnation. So, now, we can walk with enthusiasm and
boldness because it is God that walks with us every step of the way. It is God in Christ in YOU!
Colossians 1:25-27 (KJV)
25 Whereof I am made a minister, according to the dispensation (administration)of God which is given to
me for you, to fulfil the word of God;
26 Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to
his saints:
27 To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles;
which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:We don’t need tattoos or material objects to identify us because we are SEALED with the holy spirit of
Ephesians 1:13-14 (KJV)
13 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom
also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,
14 Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the
praise of his glory.
Ephesians 4:30 (KJV)
30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.
Not only are we sealed and sealed means no one can take us out of the loving hands of God. We are
KEPT, until Christ returns for us. But in God’s eyes we are already seated with him in heaven. It’s not a
matter of “if” it is a matter of “when”!
Ephesians 2:4-7 (KJV)
4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,
5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)
6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:
7 That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us
through Christ Jesus.
You have so much as a child of God and a member of the Royal Household of God that you can love
others with a love that the World is devoid of. A love that will warm anyone that gets near it. This is the
love that heals, this is the love that binds, this is the love that passes all understanding! This is the love
that builds the Church.
1 Peter 1:22 (KJV)
22 Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the
brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently:
It is not our haircut or clothes or tattoos or piercings. It is not the material things that we own that mark
us out as part of the Royal Household of God. It is love