I don’t know about you, but I can get stuck wearing the same outfit. It makes me feel comfortable, secure and is a staple that defines me. And to be honest, I can get stuck wearing the same inner wear and identify myself with one name. At times, it makes me feel comfortable and secure. Then other times, I give myself a label that brings no real security.
I don’t think I am alone. As women, there are seasons when
What about the label of a particular sin? Whoa, that can steal an identity real quick. Been there, done that. Here is what we can tell say to ourselves:
- “I did this, so I must be a ___________”
- “I failed at________ so I am doomed to be a _____________”
Whatever you have labeled
Ephesians 1:4-5 says,
For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love, he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will. (NIV)
So what does that mean?
1. God knew our sins before creation, yet says when we accept Christ as our personal Savior, we are now called blameless as a child of God. Our sin does not stamp us with a brand name.
2. Because we have the right to be adopted by Him, our true identity comes from being a child or God. Wife, single, ex-wife, widow, mother, motherless, entrepreneur, stay at home is not the only name we will ever have. We have a promise in Ephesians 4:23-24 that says,
“to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.”
I have been guilty of giving myself a label that I thought would be my style forever, but I was wrong. When I found freedom in my true identity in Christ, I was able to pursue who He wanted me to be in every season of life. I had a label that would never go out of style.