More on Mislabeling

July 11, 2011 — Leave a comment

So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves.
Instead, you received God’s Spirit when He adopted you as His own children.
Now we call Him, “Abba, Father.”

Romans 8:15

Although I may be God’s beloved sometimes I forget what is inside my package. I’ve noticed two false labels I’m particularly prone to.

The first is thinking I’m a still slave. I toil away long after I’ve been freed, with a nose-to-the-grindstone approach. I fill my life with shoulds and musts and oughts as if I am working for a harsh master. I’m a slave to what other people think of me, to what I want to achieve, to comfort–the possibilities for slavery are endless.

My other labeling problem is viewing myself as a little god, the master of my universe. This means living by my own strength, and it leads me into relentless activity. I think if I work long enough and hard enough I can control my world. I can fix everything, I can live independent of others including God, needing nothing.

Years ago I heard a wonderful label that truly describes who I am in Christ: daughter of the most high king. This speaks of a family relationship and an intimacy with a father who is also a powerful ruler. Other sons and daughters are my siblings. It reminds me I am freed from slavery, and also brings me down from the pedestal on which I like to stand.

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