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