I was thrilled to hear the response of the Archbishop of Canterbury to the news that DNA tests prove that he is the son of Sir Winston Churchill’s last private secretary, the late Sir Anthony Montague Browne. Although understandably stating his ‘complete surprise’, Justin Welby, commented ‘I know that I find who I am in Jesus Christ, not in genetics, and my identity in him never changes’.
People of course look to find their identity and indeed their security in one of any number of places. Some look to an exclusive relationship, others to their career, financial prudence, popularity, sporting prowess or increasingly fame. Yet the truth is that in a life is full of twists and turns, so much of what we depend on can be here today and gone tomorrow.
However, when the media got hold of the story that the Archbishop had received news that could have shaken him to the core, he was able to testify to an eternal truth that would never change.
Therefore as believers we do not discover our identity or our security in anything that this world offers. Rather, we rejoice with the Apostle Paul as he says; ‘And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love’ (Ro 8:38).
Every blessing, Gareth