- Hebrews 11:24
back when seeing movies in theaters was still a thing, I took my family to see
“Harriet.” The film tells the life story of Harriet Tubman, the most famous
leader of the underground railroad in the years leading up to the Civil War. Harriet
Tubman was born into slavery in rural
felt like she was in heaven. As she crossed the
Harriet Tubman was, without a doubt, an American hero. And as the film depicts so well: She was a strong believer and follower of Jesus Christ. She had a very deep faith in God, and she trusted Him to guide her steps and give her the courage to obediently do what He called her to do. And God never let her down.
One of the heroes of our faith who inspired Harriet Tubman to lead hundreds of slaves to freedom was Moses, who led his own people out of slavery. But first he had to successfully pass through three milestones of faith, which are outlined in Hebrews 11.
Faith Milestone #1: By faith, Moses refused
to be known as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. For the first
40 years of his life, Moses had it made in the shade. He was adopted by the
Faith Milestone #2: By faith, Moses
endured rejection by the people of
Faith Milestone #3: Moses received
the reward of faith. As
a reward for his obedience to God, Moses’ firstborn son wasn’t killed on the
night of the Passover. And as a reward for his faithful obedience to God, Moses
and his people were delivered through the
Like Moses, Harriet Tubman didn’t allow the sinful culture around her to define who she was. For the first 25 years of her life, Harriet was told over and over again that she was someone’s property, just like a “pig.” And she was called the “n” word on a daily basis. She was told these things thousands of times, but she refused to believe it. She refused to accept it. She knew that she was a precious child of God, and she believed in her heart—like Moses—that God created her and her people to be free.
Let’s take our lesson from these two heroes of the faith. When the world around them tried to force them into its mold, they refused to be conformed to the pattern of this world. When the sinful culture around them tried to tell them what their identity was, they rejected that culture’s labels. Their identity was in Christ. And ours should be as well.
So, if Jesus Christ is your Savior and Lord, you are not who the world says you are. Forget about society’s labels. You are not a “white, heterosexual male” or a “Black, middle-class female” or a “Hispanic, divorced Baby Boomer.” If Jesus Christ is your Savior and Lord, your identity is not grounded in the temporary, shallow things of earth. Your true identity is found in Christ. You are a child of God; you are a follower of Jesus Christ. And you are a loved member of a forever family. So, if someone asks, tell them: That’s who you are!
Dane Davis is the Pastor of Impact
Christian Church. Please join us for our live outdoor worship service Sundays at 9 a.m. at
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