Wednesday, March 28, 2012

The Labels We Wear

When you awoke this morning,

did you put on a ‘Name-Tag’?

If so, what does it say?

Many of us awake each day

with a strong sense of who we are:

Mother/Father,

Son/Daughter,

Employee/Boss.


And yet many of us add a label to our names.

We do it ever so slightly...

never meaning to undermine ourselves,

but simply acknowledging the fact

of who we are

and how we expect others see us:

Failure,

Sinner,

Fearful,

Criminal.


We mess-up in raising our children,

and in loving our parents and spouses.

We have sinned against God

with our lustful idolization of others and what they have.

We have sinned at work on our expense reports

adding costs to pad our pockets, stealing from our employers.

So we rationalize our faults

by comparing ourselves with other people,

until we have nothing left

but the companions of guilt and remorse.

Then with that sad burden we believe a lie from satan

that our name-tag should include a qualifying label:

Worthless.


But then someone confronts us,

and says the label is a lie.

We get angry with them for pointing out our flaws,

and disregard the love they share

because at first it tastes sour like vinegar.

Many of us will turn and run until we hear

the inescapable truth deep inside us;

that God loved each of us enough

to reclaim us through Christ’s blood.

The same red-blood that stains

will make us clean again.


The labels wash away in His blood

and our days can begin anew.

We do not have to accept  

the failures of our past

for we have a new choice to make;

living in the joy of Christ’s light,

or the continued weight of an old label.


The sweet taste of victory will not come

by carrying the guilt of our mistakes,

but by handing them over to Jesus

and allowing His light

to burn brighter in us each day.


Others may not believe us at first

nor may we trust ourselves.

But we can trust Jesus

and believe in the change He can make.

No longer are we - Worthless.

Instead, we are immensely - Valuable.

because His death on the cross

makes all the difference!


God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family

by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ.

This is what he wanted to do,

and it gave him great pleasure.

-Ephesians 1:5


(re-posted from July 25, 2011 - The Labels We Hate To Wear)

 

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