Paul writes to Timothy, that he loves him like a son and wishes him grace and peace from God.
A few verses later he encourages him: “Endure hardship with us like a good warrior of Christ Jesus”.
As followers of Christ we find ourselves in this field of tension between being a son or daughter and warrior. We are unable to be effective warriors for the Lord, if we are not secure in the fact that we are members of his family.
God wanted us and loves us. No one is unwanted and unloved by God! As his children, he teaches and trains us.
All of us are called to serve him. Place of service and specifics of work may be different.
What is most important is that we follow the direction of Jesus. He said: “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me and for the gospel will save it. (Mark 8:34-35).
Jesus lived this principle perfectly. He knew where he was from, (his identity), and why he was here, (His destiny).
Now he tells us: “Just as the father has sent me, so send I you.” (John 20:21) VG 2/2004