You are not yet who you are supposed to be. Chances are, at some point in your life you have probably tried everything you could do to win the approval of others. It may even be something you’re doing right now. No matter how hard you try to fit in, you will ultimately find yourself with negative labels that others use to describe you. Maybe no one has called you this label to your face, but you know it haunts you. Don’t let your negative labels define you because you are not yet who you are supposed to be.
The reality is that the majority of labels that you are given are completely inaccurate. Some people will think more highly of you than you actually are and others will think more negatively of you than you really are. Don’t worry about either one of those. The only thing that matters is what God thinks about you.
You are not who others say you are. You are who God says you are.
No matter what may have happened in your past, God is bigger than that. His truth about you is bigger than other people’s opinion of you. No matter what was true in the past, it doesn’t have to be true in the present or in the future. At some point, you must stop believing the lies about yourself that others have told you and start developing a God-centered view of yourself. 2 Corinthians 5:17 says that “anyone who is in Christ is a new creation. The old is gone and the new has come.“
To begin forming a new, God-centered view of yourself, you must realize that God will give you a new name. Saul became Paul. Simon became Peter. In other words, God will break the labels of your past. Not only will God give you a new name, He will also give you a new purpose. The best illustration of this in the Bible was Simon.
Simon was unpredictable, unstable, and unfaithful. Jesus looked at Simon and told him that he would now have a new purpose. Instead of fishing for fish, Simon was going to be fishing for men. Jesus used Simon to reach people and gave him the new name of Peter (which means ‘Rock’). Peter was later used to lead over 3,000 people to Christ on the Day of Pentecost. Peter became who god called him to be and starting living up to his new purpose.
God will often take your greatest weakness and out of it will emerge your greatest strength.
What labels have you been given? What label has God given you? What new purpose has He given you? What new steps do you need to take to embrace that purpose? Take some time today and reflect these questions and begin seeking the steps you need to take to accomplish God’s purpose for your life.