I, like many other Americans, have joined the obsession over the hit TV show, “This Is Us.” I had grown to love Tuesday nights and enjoyed watching how each story of the characters would unfold.
One particular episode that caught my attention was one called “Jack Pearson’s Son.” This episode focused on Kevin’s insecurity about an opening play which led him on a quest for reassurance from basically whoever would give it to him. He finally ended up at his mom’s house where he had a brief one on one conversation with his step-father, who Kevin is not particularly fond of. During the course of the conversation, the step father reminds Kevin of who he is – Jack Pearson’s son. (If you are among the few who aren’t addicted to the show, Jack was Kevin’s father who dies at some point during Kevin’s teenage years. Kevin’s mother remarries Jack’s best friend). Kevin needed a good reminding of who he was. The beautiful thing about the advice was that in the end, Kevin didn’t use it for a stellar opening night. In fact, he bailed on opening night at the last moment to go find his brother who was in great need.
The title of the episode, Jack Pearson’s Son, stuck with me. It reminded me of who I am in Christ. Sometimes I tend to forget that as a child of God, I am a new creation who is no longer slave to the former old sin filled self. At salvation, according to 2 Corinthians 5:17, the old is gone and the new has come. This is a beautiful promise. I don’t have to live an insecure life, unsure of who I am or where I am going.
In addition to a new life, there are some many promises of who we are in Christ. Here are just a few:
I am no longer a slave to sin (Romans 6:5-6)
I am conformed to his image (Romans 8:29)
I am no longer subject to condemnation but walk according to the spirit (Romans 8:1)
I am part of the body of Christ with other believers (Romans 12:5)
I am blessed with every spiritual blessing (Ephesians 1:3)
So often, I find myself loosing sight of who I really am in Christ and want to give into defeat. Thankfully, forgiveness is mine too (1 John 1:9). I mess up but God loves me and forgives my unbelief.
I am not Jack Pearson’s son. And while I found the episode emotional and inspiring, I am beyond thankful that I am a daughter of the King. It is time for me to start living like I belong to Him.
In Christ Alone,
- Eternal perspective
- God Comforts