What labels are defining you? My last post dealt with status. This post digs a little bit deeper. Our society is set up to place labels on us from birth. Think about it. The first label placed on you was about your gender and ethnicity. It’s a Caucasian baby girl or African American boy. On goes an identifying label.
Yes, knowing the gender and ethnicity of a baby is important…the point is we start out with the intent to categorize people.
We are taught the game in school, “Which one of these things doesn’t belong?” We learn that people who are different from us are not as valuable.
Humans use labels to set up a value system. Examples from history; boys are better than girls, popular is better than unpopular, one race or ethnic group is better than another, well educated or wealthy people are better than uneducated or poor people. Our labels divide and produce inequality. They are based on externals and promote pride or insecurity or division.
They are short or tall.
He or she is smart or unintelligent.
He or she is rich or poor.
They are black, or white, or brown, or…
He or she is good or bad!
They are beautiful or ugly.
They are an addict, pervert, monster, freak, or jerk.
Some labels are good, some are harmful, and some are neutral. The problem with labels is that if we define ourselves or others by things that are not in line with God’s word it can lead to insecurity or pride. Let’s look at God’s Word.
So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them, Genesis 1:27.
There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus, Galatians 3:28.
But now, this is what the LORD says– he who created you, Jacob, he who formed you, Israel: “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine, Isaiah 43:1.
But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light, 1 Peter 2:9.
When you read God’s word in it’s entirety, the message is: God loves all people and Jesus came to redeem mankind. Jesus died to free us and give us a new name and nature. The labels He places on us lead to God centered esteem. He calls us sons and daughters, made in His image (male and female), chosen, royal, His special possession, one in Christ, a holy nation, redeemed, forgiven, treasured, valuable, the apple of His eye, and loved with an everlasting love.
I don’t know about you, but I’d rather bask in the labels God places on me. They cannot be taken away. I am the King’s Daughter, chosen, loved, and I bear His name.
So my encouragement is to strip off all the labels that are negative, harmful, and not in line with your God given identity. And do your best to not define others by things that cause division or are hurtful. May we have the eyes of our Heavenly Father. Jesus died for all!