Labels

Jessica Heikoop

READ : Psalm 139:13-16

I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. (v. 14)

We see labels around us every day—on the clothes we wear, the electronics we use, and even the foods we eat. Then there are the labels we don't see physically, the ones we create in our minds for people. We're all guilty of it, whether we realize it or not.

How do we “label” people? When you pass by a woman wearing a name-brand wardrobe with perfectly manicured nails and not a hair out of place, you think, “Fashionista.” Then there's the guy with slouchy pants, a backward cap, and a t-shirt with a creepy picture splayed across it—”Trouble-maker.” Those are labels, based on appearances and stereotypes. Sometimes the labels are true, and sometimes they're not. Sometimes they're positive, more often they're negative and downright hurtful. Yet we all do it.

The Bible is full of people who have been labeled. We're going to look at some examples of these labels through two lenses—ours and God's. As we do, we'll see that we can all relate because in one way or another we all have labels attached to us. But like most of these biblical examples, we will hopefully come to understand that we are each created by God and for God, and the only label that truly matters is the one he gives us.

PRAYER

Father, thank you for creating me, and that I bear your label.