From the moment we are born, labels are placed upon us. A tiny baby might be labelled as ‘a good feeder’, a ‘cryer’ a ‘good sleeper’, ‘the image of his daddy’. As we grow, we and others add to these labels.
Labels such as Loser, Popular, Bully, Loner, Cool, Pretty, Victim, Sporty, Introverted, Clever, Melodramatic, Outgoing, Skinny, Fat – these are unwittingly stuck onto us in childhood by teachers, classmates and parents and can cling to our souls for years – long into adulthood.
I can clearly remember my own mum, on many occasions, using one particular label that effected my sister and me, long into adulthood. She used to say that my sister was the ‘intelligent one’ and that I was the ‘pretty one’. Which, of course made my sister grow up believing that she wasn’t pretty. (She’s actually beautiful) and made me believe I had to prove I wasn’t stupid.
What labels do you remember wearing? Are you still wearing some of them?
Maybe the labels you wore were great ones! Maybe you were the cool, popular one at school and now you wonder where that cool kid went to?
Maybe you were successful in business or ministry and things went wrong? Did you stick a post-it note on your own heart saying ‘Failure’
Maybe your marriage failed. Do you wear labels such as ‘Divorcee’ ‘Rejected’ ‘Discarded’ ‘Disqualified from ministry’?
Many of us spend so much of our adult life trying to deal with labels. We are either taking off painful labels or hoping to paste back on ‘successful’ labels of our past – those labels that made us feel valuable, worthy and significant.
God Is The Only One Who Has The Authority To Label You.
Labels other people place on us are nothing more than opinion. God has placed the ultimate, most important label on your heart. He has placed His seal – His ‘maker’s mark’ on you, which marks you eternally as His.
His label is the final say; no label placed on you either by others or by yourself defines you; your true identity and purpose – the only labels that truly matter are those that God places on you if you belong to Him.
2 Corinthians 1:22 “and who has also put his seal on us and given us his Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee.”
Here are a just few more labels that God has especially designed for us, His beloved children (actually that’s one of them!)
* God’s Beloved Child – Ephesians 5:18
* Beloved – Colossians 3:12
* Forgiven – Colossians 3:13
* Chosen – Colossians 3:12
* God’s workmanship –Ephesians 2:10
Today, if you find yourself looking at those labels you wear, and any one of them was not placed upon you by God, take it off! It may sound a bit simplistic but that’s because it is.
On a final note, something to ponder –
If that label you are wearing comes from any other source than your Creator God, it is not just a label, it’s actually a price tag.
Jill McIlreavy 💜
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