My Identity Motivates My Ministry

Ligon Duncan III on how who we are in Christ impacts what we do for Christ:

“…God comes to Joseph with guidance from the angel.  Notice what the angel calls him, “the son of David.”  Joseph was a humble man, a carpenter.  He was not a great land magnate, or a great merchant.  He was not a famed man in his community.  He did not hold public office.  He was not some sort of nobility; yet the angel says, “Joseph, remember who you are.  You are the son of David.”  Before God calls us to obey, before he calls us to a great task, he reminds us who we are in him. Although Joseph may not have been impressive in the eyes of the world, to God he was a son of David, the man after God’s own heart;  Joseph was a descendant of the great precursor of the messianic king.  He was the son of David.”

from Chapter Four of  Come Thou Long Expected Jesus, edited by Nancy Guthrie, page 52.

“Before God calls us to obey, before he calls us to a great task, he reminds us who we are in him.”  This is the point I try to make in an article I recently wrote about being sons and servants of God.

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