I am on a flight from Scotland with one hour to kill. So just felt led to write this post which I really believe will bless someone.
I have worked as a Solicitor for the last 8 years. I am passionate about my work and about my clients. The majority of my caseload is immigration law and therefore I deal with migrants on a daily basis. Having immigration status in the UK has been a defining factor in our lives. It determines what you can and cannot do. It determines where you can travel to, it determines whether you can live with your family or not. Immigration status determines the type of job you can do. I have seen how the immigration process has affected and destroyed lives. It has also enriched and empowered people but through this process there have been many casualties, a lot of heartache, disappointment and mistakes and regrets.
One thing I have seen and learnt is that we should never let permission to live and work in a certain geographical location determine WHO we are. Who we are is not changed by temporary things like immigration status.
I have met so many people who are living below their potential because they don’t know who they are in Christ. Circumstances can change you and alter your perception of who you are.
Let us go to a story in the bible
“So Mephibosheth ate at David’s table like one of the king’s sons” (2 Samuel 9:11 NIV).
Who on earth is Mephibosheth ? Mephibosheth was a man who was living way below his potential. He was the grandson of King Saul and the son of Prince Jonathan, but he lived like a pauper. When he was a boy, his nurse dropped him while fleeing from their enemies. As a result, he was crippled in both feet (2 Samuel 9).
When David took over as King of Israel, he wanted to know if there was anyone in Jonathan’s household to whom he could show kindness. Jonathan had been David’s best friend and he loved him as a brother. A servant told David about the crippled Mephiboseth, and he was summoned immediately. Mephiboseth lived in a place called Lo-Debar (meaning a pasture-less land).
I read about a translation of Lo-Debar is “below the bar.” Mephiboseth was living below the bar. He was the grandchild of a king, but he was living in a pasture-less land like a pauper. When he came before King David he said, “What is your servant, that you should notice a dead dog like me?”
David didn’t even answer him. He simply turned to his servant and commanded that all the land that had been Saul’s be given back to his grandson and that Mephibosheth should eat at the king’s table everyday.
Perhaps you are walking around like a crippled because of something that has happened to you in the journey of life. Perhaps you feel like a “dead dog.” And yet, God is looking for ways to bless you, to restore what has been taken away, and invite you to feast at His table everyday.
Mephiboseth was a grandchild of King Saul and potential heir to the throne. However, he saw himself as nothing more than a “dead dog,” unworthy to receive even the smallest crumb of kindness from David. Mephibosheth didn’t see himself as he really was. “A dead dog?” I think not! He was royalty.
Do you see yourself as you really are? You are a chosen, dearly loved child of God. You have been blessed with every spiritual blessing, delivered from the domain of darkness and transferred to the kingdom of light! You,are a child of the King! You are not a failed asylum seeker, an illegal immigrant ,a high school drop out, a swarm of migrants. You might be in a situation where your applications have failed but that is not WHO you are . You might out of no choice of your own have lapsed immigration status but that does not define WHO you are and WHOSE you are . That never changes .
Unfortunately, many of us limp around like poor old Mephib. We live below the bar of what God has called us to be .
I came from Zimbabwe as an immigrant. I know that my Father in heaven owns the whole universe but living as a migrant is hard. You are constantly bombarded with messages on the news, the papers everywhere, you are told that you are not wanted you are not accepted. You end up feeling like a second class citizen. You feel like second best, you feel that you don’t belong.
Everyone has a story. I have a story I came to this country with my law degree and I was told to throw that certificate in the bin because England was the equaliser. I was told that I should now join everyone else as a carer or industry worker and forget about my degree. For a few years I did just that I followed the others and took on menial job after menial job …. Until Jesus entered into my life and transformed it. When I gave my life to Christ my life changed . That certificate is now hanging up in my office not where I am employed by an Indigenous person but where I am employing English people. I don’t find my identity in my career but knowing who I am and whose I am has given me the confidence to step out in boldness and courage.
When I came to this country I lost confidence. I became crippled and even though God has restored me I have not yet reached exactly where I should be. I have remnants of the low self esteem but I am getting there. My Heavenly Father constantly reminds me who I am in Christ through the word of God. He renews my mind daily through the word.
When I entered into a relationship with Jesus I started to sit at the table. I left that pastureless dry land and started to live like a Princess.
You are not a dead dog? You are a princess/ prince you deserve to eat at the Kings table because your father is the King of Kings.
Even if you have been abandoned rejected, disappointed written off as a failure it doesn’t matter because Jesus is calling you to come.
First step to living in your rightful place is to realise and know who you are on Christ.
Saturate your mind with the truth of God’s Word. It’s filled with reminders of His unconditional love for you. He says you are fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14). He says that nothing can separate you from His love (Romans 8:35). Don’t let the enemy steal your identity. You are God’s masterpiece. Believe it! Joyce Meyer
When you know who you are in Christ. When you get your identity from your relationship with Christ then you can do all things through Christ who gives you strength . You start to LIVE and walk in the fullness of what God has in store.