About Benjamin he said: “Let the beloved of the LORD rest secure in him, for he shields him all day long, and the one the LORD loves rests between his shoulders.”
I am a recovering sin addict. Though I was created to glorify God and enjoy Him forever, sin entices me daily and I chase after it like a druggie begging for another hit. The “good deeds” I do are marred by bad motives that reveal them to be the filthy rags scripture calls them. Apart from Christ’s sacrifice I would be spiritually dead. I am prideful, self-worshiping, distracted, lazy.
I am beloved.
So often I remind myself of my sin, wanting to combat pride, wanting to understand more fully the grace shown to me on the cross, and while this is good, it often makes me forget my true identity. Genesis says that we were created in the image of God, Psalms says we were knit together in our mother’s womb, Ephesians says that we are “God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works”. I, we, the Church, all need to balance the hard truth and the baffling one: we are more sinful than we could ever believe, but we are also more loved than we could ever imagine. We are the beloved of God.