Hey, let’s play a game… take several canned goods off the shelf and remove the labels. Mix them all around and then try to guess what’s inside of them by simply looking at the can.
Without the lable they all look the same huh?
Pick the cans up & shake them. Now, try again to guess again.
This is all very difficult; trying to know what that can, without a label contains, until you open it and look inside.
That’s the thought that came to my mind as I read today’s reading…
Too old, too fat, too little, too young, wrong this, wrong that, not enough this, and too much that. We’ve all been labeled, and it hurts. A lot.
In fact, if we’re not careful, labels can do more than hurt us.
Tim Doremus, a pastor at Life.Church, says it well.
“The problem with labels is the longer we wear them, the less they describe our past and the more they determine our future.”
Read that again. “The problem with labels is the longer we wear them, the less they describe our past and the more they determine our future.”
If we don’t rip off our labels, they begin to stick and become true.
So, here’s the Good News: because of Christ, we have a new label that overcomes them all.
Jesus gave us His spot in heaven as beloved Son so that we could be labeled sons and daughters of the living God.
Now, to us who believe, our Heavenly Father doesn’t say, “Too much, not enough, wrong this, too old.” He looks at us, sees His Son, and says, “Well done.”
Pray: After you read today’s Scriptures, prayerfully ask God to show you what label(s) you believe about yourself. Then, ask the Holy Spirit to help you tear off the wrong labels and replace them with the right ones. Finally, thank Jesus for the power of what He’s done for you.
Now what I mean [when I talk about children and their guardians] is this: as long as the heir is a child, he does not differ at all from a slave even though he is the [future owner and] master of all [the estate]; but he is under [the authority of] guardians and household administrators or managers until the date set by his father [when he is of legal age].
So also we [whether Jews or Gentiles], when we were children (spiritually immature), were kept like slaves under the elementary [man-made religious or philosophical] teachings of the world. But when [in God’s plan] the proper time had fully come, God sent His Son, born of a woman, born under the [regulations of the] Law, so that He might redeem and liberate those who were under the Law, that we [who believe] might be adopted as sons [as God’s children with all rights as fully grown members of a family].
And because you [really] are [His] sons, God has sent the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying out, “Abba! Father!”
GALATIANS 4:1-6 AMP
His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful and trustworthy over a little, I will put you in charge of many things; share in the joy of your master.’
MATTHEW 25:21 AMP
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Petra song: “Godpleaser”-
When I got to meet Greg X. Volz I thanked Him for his service to The Lord and told him how I personally know how hard it is to serve The Lord sometimes, even or especially when, you carry the lable of “pastor” or “Christian Artist”. As I sat an shared a meal with the drummer (Louie Weaver) he talked about his concerns for newer Christian Rock artist who were part of the ministry and carried the lable of “Christian” but were not living Christ like at all. You see, what really matters is what is inside.
Being called a Christian because you are in a church or in a Christian group is like calling you a hamberger because you are in a burger joint.
What matters is what is on the inside.
The question isn’t, “What’s in your wallet?” The question is, “What is in your soul?” Beyond your outside lable…what is inside you?
I want to conclude this post with a funny story that actually has a point to it…
The Barf Bag – on one of many plane rides Christian Comedian Steve Gyer took he decided to put good leftover food in bag to save for later. The only bag he could find was the one tucked in to the back pocked of the seat infront of him. Obviously used for when a person gets air sick but this one was clean, unused and regardless of it’s purpose Steve felt that it could be used for an even better purpose. As Steve went to exit the plane, holding his new bag of leftovers, the airline attendant went to collect it from him to dispose of it properly. It was then he informed her, “No I am saving this to eat later!”
The point? The value on the inside was known only to him. He knew that, regardless of the lable, what was inside that typical barf bag had value.
I am not just another barf bag and no matter how others may lable me or the harshness of my wolf like clothing, inside I am His sheep.
Althought it is hard for me to watch, knowing that my son will no longer be able to come to me since his death I know by faith with full confidence some day I will go to where he is (with our Heavenly Father). This particular video my son made before he died hits the nail on the head regarding what is on our insides & in our hearts:
Go to my son’s blog post https://lexbailey.wordpress.com/2015/10/18/a-sheep-in-wolves-clothing/
Don’t let his writing die with him.
“Even after we are gone, what we have left behind will remain on earth while our spirit will carry on.”