Webster’s 1828 Dictionary defines a “‘label’ as denoting a name or title and affixed to anything, denoting its contents.” When we go into a grocery store, we see labels that not only have the brand but describe its identity and gives a description of the contents. Vehicles on the road are identified by their emblem. Sometimes that emblem creates a false perception in our minds about the owner’s personal worth by what that emblem says. Nevertheless, their personal worth is not their account balance; it is the label they have accepted in life. We also see vehicles with bumper stickers (labels) which describe what the owner believes.
We can carry invisible labels on us from childhood to adulthood about what people have labeled us. For many, these labels are manifested into our belief system. Which subsequently forms into actions. If you’ve been told, and believe, your stupid, worthless, you never get it right, you’re a failure, too fat, too skinny, don’t make enough money, then those labels become your belief system. We incorporate these into who we think we are. They become our identity.
That is why many people can struggle with The Gospel of Grace, and God’s Love for them. Our belief system is challenged by what we’ve been told about ourselves and God. On the inside we want to believe that yes God is that good. He truly is a God of overwhelming Love. However, the labels can take us back
causing us to question God’s love and goodness, “I don’t qualify so that really can’t be for me?!” We look at ourselves, and all our labels scream I’m not good enough. We’ve probably all tried to fix ourselves to be more acceptable to God and man. We have tried to renew our mind and failed, because we used the law as the mirror. The labels just keep surfacing and dragging us down. Then we are introduced to religion, and what happens?
We are told that God will accept us just the way we are. We accept The Lord as our Savior. We are thrilled, then the labels of religion are placed on us, with it’s “to do” and “not to do” list. We dare not tear off that label, because our behavior now will determine what God will or won’t do for us. We are told to renew our mind to the Word of God. The mirror religion holds up to us is the
mirror of the law to change us. The law is the ministry of death and condemnation so now we keep adding more labels to ourselves. Good enough, not good enough, He loves me loves me not. Blessed now cursed. We condemn ourselves over and over, and wonder why nothing works out for us.
We are to look into the perfect law of liberty, when we do we see Christ, and who He is in us and who we are in Him. You then begin to see you are perfectly loved, and there is nothing you can do or not do to make God your Father love you more. This is the foundation for your true identity, your new label to describe the contents of the new you. You are God’s Masterpiece, His Beloved,
completely innocent, faultless and guiltless in His eyes. You see it has nothing to do with your righteousness, your good works, your performance, or what you’ve labeled yourself. It’s all about His great Love for you, and His righteousness imparted unto you. It’s a free gift. You cannot earn a free gift, or it’s not free. When we grasp this Good News, it forever will change our lives.
Many have struggled with the true gospel. The message that Jesus himself preached in Luke 4:18-21. It is the Gospel of Grace. That when Jesus cried out it is finished it truly was finished. When he died, you died when He arose you arose. You are a new creation something that did not before exist. You are made in His image; His likeness. You are born from above by Love. For those who have believed this true Gospel of Grace, they have torn off the old labels, abandoned religion and the labels they have been labeled with, and they have fully embraced their new identity in Christ. In Him, we are passionately loved at all times. We are accepted and well pleasing to God, just as Jesus is. We truly
believe as He is so are we in this world.
Years ago, I bought two trees. They were labeled Globe Willow. I cut the labels off and planted them. On the second year of growth, I noticed the branches were weeping down. They were labeled wrong. You see we have all been labeled wrong, and we’ve tried to become something we already are, as a believer and failed. It’s time to believe what God has said about us. We are made in His image and in His likeness. We are born from above out of His Love. When Jesus died, you died, all the old labels were forever stripped away, and behold you were raised up in newness of life, as He has re-labeled us “redeemed and innocent.” Don’t let anyone re-attach any old labels, that Jesus removed, back on to you. Simply receive His abundance of grace and gift of righteousness, and reign in life.