Monday, April 27, 2009

What's Your Label?

In our world, we allow labels to define us. It’s easy to fall into the stereotype of a label. If you think about it long and hard, and you’re completely honest with yourself, you could probably come up with several labels you’ve worn throughout your own life. Just for fun, let’s throw some out...

”Perfectionist”, “Underachiever”, “Rebel”,“Divorcee”, “Widower”, “The Good Girl”, “Preacher’s Kid”, “Leader”, “Follower”, “Friend”, “Wife”, “Mother”

This list could turn into a mile long. Subconsciously, we probably thought of a face when we read each of those labels. (Isn’t that weird how we so quickly slap a label on someone?!) Some labels are good and some are bad. We each probably have a combination of both.

For some, we can’t seem to shake the bad labels like
“Underachiever”, “Divorcee”, “Follower”. I often wonder if we assign our own labels or if we allow others to label us. Some of us live our whole lives trying to shake the bad ones. In Philippians 3:13, Paul says, “…forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead.” If anybody ever had a perfect excuse for not being able to shake his label, it was Paul!

For others, our labels are our crowning glory. We take pride in our label. We relish in the dignity of our label, especially those good labels! It’s how we are identified. Those good labels of “Mother”, “Wife”, “Leader”, “Friend” are all easy to wear. For some, it’s what comes natural to us. It’s what we’re good, no, BEST at! Think about the story of Mary and Martha. Martha was so proud of her label of the “Perfect House Guest” when she hosted Jesus. As a matter of fact, she got so caught up in her label, that she couldn’t enjoy the fact that the very Son of God came to pay her a personal visit. Are those GOOD labels really the MOST important? Are those what should exclusively define us?

So, how does God see us? Does He take our labels into account? Isaiah 53:5 says, “But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.” If we have been saved and have accepted Him as our personal Savior, then the only label He sees is the label that His precious Son sacrificed His very own life to give us, the label of “His Child”. So, if that’s the case, then why do we allow our labels here on earth to truly define who we are? God’s perspective of us is the only one that should really matter.

His Forever,