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Topic: Labels (01/05/04)

TITLE: Labels
By Lisa Thomas
01/06/04

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Christian, Daughter, Sister, Aunt, and Friend, are the labels I choose to give myself. Society may choose other labels to identify me. Society may choose to identify me by gender, race or occupation (thus forming the labels, female, African American, Analyst). Societal labels are important. However, as Christians, Ephesians 6 and 12 tells us, “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” This scripture allows my faith to know that the trials and tribulations we face are spiritual. If my trials and tribulations are spiritual, and this is a faith fight, and the battle is not mine but it is the Lords, exactly how important is it that society tells me I’m a female, African American Analyst. The initial labels I began with are God given, the reason I know they’re God given is because God blessed my parents with a daughter, and further blessed me with siblings who were blessed with children of their own, allowing me to be blessed to become an Aunt, and along my journey God sprinkled me with companions that I can call friends. However, the fact that I’m a daughter, a sister, an aunt and a friend would not be possible if Christ had not died for my sins. For Isaiah 53:5 tells me, “But he was wounded for our transgression he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him, and with his stripes we are healed.” Through God’s glory I am able to strive to be Christ-like, thereby being brought and paid for with a price I am a Christian, a label Society could never give me, and a gift I for which I am humbled, made whole, and continually seek to do the will of my Father. As I think of the wholeness and completeness of our Heavenly Father I am humbled more so than when I began this journey. I know the building of His Kingdom, will be done by those of them who are labeled CEO, President, King, Queen, Ambassador, Bishop, Priest, Teacher, Manager, Actor, and the like, will all bow down before Him, and they will worship and adore Him, In that great day when Jesus shall ascend from a cloud, no label of King, or President, or Bishop will matter. For at the name of Jesus, every knee shall bow, and every tongue shall confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. For this is one label the world did not give and world surely can not take away.


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Kathy Pollock01/15/04
Nice job. I love the words to the Praise and Worship song that say, "Kings and Kingdoms shall all pass away, but there's something about that name." To those of us who label ourselves Christians, that's awesome news!
L.M. Lee01/18/04
good point... the real label that last!