who are you wearing?

The red carpet season culminates with the Oscars. As the stars parade down the red carpet the fashion police will be on hand to ask the all-important question, “Who are you wearing?” It’s all about labels. And I’m pretty sure none of them will say Primark!

I want to ask you the very same question: “Who are you wearing?”

We are surrounded by labels. We are labelled by our background, family, job, church. Most importantly we label ourselves. We put on labels because that’s what makes us secure. We think that is our identity. We say ‘this is me and this is what I do’ so therefore anything that goes beyond that boundary we discount. That can make for a comfortable life but it doesn’t facilitate living a God-called life of faith. Because you can be sure that God will call you to move what is beyond comfortable in order to achieve his plan. He called Abraham out from his family and Abraham went ‘not knowing where he was going.’ He had to shrug off the family label and allow God to define him from here on in.

Can you tear off your label and let God label you, because he will, you know; except his label doesn’t limit – it liberates: “You’re done with that old life. It’s like a filthy set of ill-fitting clothes you’ve stripped off and put in the fire. Now you’re dressed in a new wardrobe. Every item of your new way of life is custom-made by the Creator, with his label on it. All the old fashions are now obsolete…From now on everyone is defined by Christ, everyone is included in Christ” (Col 3:9-11 MSG).

Labels tell us three things. The producer of the item. The price of the item. The purpose of the item.

You were hand-crafted by God before the foundation of the earth.
You were bought with the precious blood of Christ.
You are here to bring his Kingdom on earth as it is in heaven.

On the red carpet of life, hold your head high, confident that you are wearing the label God made for you.

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