“But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God.” (NLT)
One of the keepsakes my mom kept for me from the day I was born was the little hospital wrist bracelet. It’s so tiny!
As soon as I entered the world, there were already things contributing to my identity. I had a name and a gender. When I went home I found out that I was a son and a brother.
Soon I would gather some more identity-markers, like hockey player and student.
As life rolls on, some of the labels we acquire are good, and some are not so good.
But to be honest, as the labels pile up it’s easy to get lost in them and forget the bigger picture of our identity in Christ.
Tony Campolo tells a story about 50 men after World War II who came out of the prison camps in Indochina with amnesia. None of them knew who they were. So someone had an idea to take out an ad in the Paris newspaper for anyone looking for lost relatives. They could show up to a performance at the Opera House on a specified night to identify the soldiers as they were introduced one by one.
And so it happened. On the appointed night, one by one, the soldiers stepped forward and asked, “Does anybody know who I am?”
How many of us—lost in the labels of modern life—quietly ask that same question of ourselves? “Does anybody know who I am?”
Today, as you bounce from one thing to the next, don’t suffer from spiritual amnesia. You are a child of God who was made on purpose and for a purpose. Before anything or anyone, you belong to Jesus.
It’s a label you cannot earn. And it’s a label you cannot lose. It’s a label with a value of infinite worth… not because of what you’ve done, but because of what Jesus has done for you.
By Matthew Ruttan