It doesn’t matter whether we have been circumcised or not. What counts is whether we have been transformed into a new creation.
Ever feel like you just keep getting “passed over”? Like you are damaged goods? Maybe you think you are so dinged up it is not worth getting off the shelf to do anything. Perhaps you did not get the latest promotion or invited to the latest party. Maybe friends left you out of an outing. When you feel “dented” you feel no self-worth. You feel dusty and out of the loop because no one is choosing you. You want so desperately to get down of the shelf and move about to feel useful but the dented thinking is holding you back. What if you just sat there for days and no one even gave you a second look? Perhaps they pick you up and speak to you as if you cannot hear them, “My goodness! What happened to this one?” and then putting back on the shelf hoping someone else will take care of it. This is what happens when life hurts. When we get dropped and pushed or shoved and stomped on. When we get “labeled” and it rips and people see who we really are and all of sudden they don’t like us so much anymore. What they fail to see is that there is still something on the inside.
Whatever it might be, these feelings of inadequacy are just lies of the devil. I am here to tell you that God thinks you are beautiful, adequate, worthy, whole, complete and undamaged. To God you are like the rose still on the vine in full bloom because He sees you for who He desires you to become. It does matter what your label looks like or what your outer looks say about you; what matters is what is on the inside. If you are carrying Jesus on the inside and you know who you are in Christ then it matters not what the outside world is buying because you are already bought and paid for with the blood of Jesus Christ who died on a cross because He loved you that much! So start to shake the label off. Stand up straight and claim your victory today! Stop sitting on the shelf looking all damaged, get out there and be who God created you to be.
Begin to let people see who you really are and pay no attention to their remarks, only listen to the voice of God. For you see, in the end it will be you and ONLY you face to face with God. No one will be there to judge you or point out your flaws or label you or even declare that you are damaged goods. No, God will see you as His son or daughter and based on how YOU reacted and carried His Son with you He will tell you how proud He is of you. God is the only one who can pass judgement on anyone and yet we just seem to take it all in here on earth and accept it as truth when others judge us. Yup! I am sure there are some who think I am positively nuts with the things I put on my van windows, do I care? Nope, I am sharing LIFE with those around me. Matter of fact I was at work today and a customer made me come back to the drive thru window so he could see me face to face to tell me how awesome my van was!
I encourage you today to stop seeing yourself as damaged goods. You are made whole the moment you accept Jesus into your heart. You are worthy. You are Loved. You are accepted. You are chosen by God to be His child. Take a moment and soak all of that in. Close your eyes and really see yourself for a moment like God does. Okay, now SMILE! Repeat after me:
God Loves Me just as I am! (I can’t hear you) God Loves Me just as I am!
I AM Accepted and Loved, the labels are meaningless! (go ahead, say it)
I am a New Creation in Christ and from this day forward I will stop listening to the lies!
Feel better? I hope so. It is time for the Bride of Christ to burn off the labels and see ourselves as WHOLE and UNDENTED, perfect in the eyes of our Maker. Are you ready to rip of those labels?