Humans were originally designed to know their personal identity as children of God. This was the default birthright of Adam and Eve. An identity forged by God choosing to intertwine himself with mankind. Human language fails to express the intimacy these two had with their Father in this love relationship. Throughout history, we as humans have longed to find this intimacy again. We’ve even expressed our longing through poetry, music and grand gestures of how we attempt to love each other. But Adam and Eve lived this ultimate intimacy—the kind we desire with every fiber of our beings…
Adam was aware of his creation identity. Had someone asked him who he was, he wouldn’t have just said he was a farmer. Adam knew his vocation didn’t define who he was. He would have declared that he was a child of God. That was his most important distinguishing factor. Had someone asked Adam what he did, he likely would have said that farming was his work, but Adam differentiated his true identity from whatever series of actions he performed on a daily basis as a means of living.
An apple is an apple, whether you find it on a tree, in a grocery store, or at a local farmer’s market. The apple cannot become an orange based solely upon its circumstances, because an apple derives its identity from the constant that it is an apple, no matter what. External variables do not define internal constants.
Under the original design, Adam and Eve could live seamlessly within their identity as a children of God. Nothing they did or didn’t do bore any weight in defining who they were. They were categorized only by their relationship with God and the position that came with. Their work—whatever that happened to be—was simply an expression of their identity as a children of God. Their actions had nothing to do with establishing the relationship that defined their identities; they only experienced it as a consequence of a Spirit-to-spirit communion with which they were created.
Who are you today? A wife? Husband? Foreman? Window washer? Mechanic? What set of freedoms or authorities does that identity afford you? You can climb the ladder until the answer is satisfactory, or you can choose to know the identity you already have today. Does a child of a king worry about where his next meal will come from, or does he trust in the security his association gives him? You decide.