I am a Jar

This morning at my church, Elevation Church, one of the greatest encouragers I will ever know, Larry Brey (Twitter: @LBrey) preached wonderful sermon on “Labels and Lids.” One of the greatest life analogies I have ever heard is from LB (he had previously taught some of us at Elevation’s AppState location from a similar thread using a different passage of Scripture). He says that we are jars. Every jar is different in size, shape and has a different purpose, as illustrated below by some lovely mason jars.

ImageWhen continuing the analogy, we as jars deal with 2 things that can limit our potential: labels and lids. In a condensed version of LB’s words, labels can distort or define our identity (do we allow mislabels to lead us down the wrong path? Do we allow others’ labels to distort God’s truths about us. Or do we allow the label of Christ to change everything and speak to my identity IN Him?) Then lids can restrain or release our potential by limiting our growth, preventing God to fill us with His truth, etc. Lids are representations of our sins. Only Jesus can remove our lids so that the presence of God can come in. We are empty vessels ready to be filled with His goodness and the Word so that we can in turn pour out His glory and love in the world. To sum things up, it absolutely rocked my world. It was punch an incredible and practical teaching in how to view our day to day relationships and our overall walk with Christ ( being filled, pouring out, overflowing, etc.).

During the message, the conversation of labels hit me really hard. So often I find my identity based on those around me, my actions, etc. rather than turning to God for fulfillment and I answers. I allow others to label me. I define myself by my past. You get the point. However, the way to see it is that only the Creator can label His creation. One of LB’s ideas was to write down 50 labels God has called us and to read them every day to remember who I am and who my identity is in Him. So I’ve created my list and thought I would share with you in hopes that you also can see what God says about His children.

Another note…. This list is one of what God has called me to, what I strive toward. Many of these things are not only His promises but also His commands. I can only do these things through Christ, because it is impossible on my own. Please be praying for me as I strive to believe in God’s power in me and in spite of me. I cannot wait to see how He uses this to inspire me to achieve things for His glory.

Hope you have a wonderful New Years holiday. Remember to look to Jesus for your identity this year!

1. Chosen and holy (1 Peter 2:9) 2. An heir(ess) of the gracious gift of life (1 Peter 3:7) 3. Worth far more than rubies (Proverbs 31:10) 4. Blessed (Proverbs 31:28) 5. A rose, a lily of the valleys (Song of Songs 2:1) 6. Beautiful, flawless (Song of Songs 4:7) 7. Daughter of Jerusalem (Song of Songs 5:8) 8. A servant of The Lord (Isaiah 6:8) 9. My {future} husband’s crown (Proverbs 12:4) 10. Protected and secure (Psalm 121:7-8) 11. Satisfied (Psalm 107:9) 12. A sheep under God’s care (Psalm 95:7) 13. Strengthened by His power (Psalm 73:26) 14. Anointed (Psalm 45:7) 15. Forgiven (Psalm 32:5) 16. Favored (Psalm 30:4-7) 17. Filled with joy in His presence (Psalm 16:11) 18. Renewed each day (Lamentations 3:22-23) 19. A new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17) 20. Alive (Ezekiel 37:14) 21. The light of the world (Matthew 5:14) 22. Healed. (Matthew 9:22) 23. A follower of Christ (Matthew 16:24) 24. Prodigal daughter (Luke 15:11-32) 25. Washed clean (John 13:8-10) 26. Redeemed (Psalm 71:23) 27. Never alone (Matthew 28:20) 28. Filled with the Spirit (Acts 4:31) 29. Unashamed of the Gospel (Romans 1:16) 30. No longer condemned, set free (Romans 8:1-2) 31. Joyful, patient, faithful (Romans 12:12) 32. A holy and pleasing living sacrifice (Romans 12:1) 33. Valuable (1Corinthians 7:23) 34. Made just as He wanted me (1Corinthians 12:18)  35. Fully known (1Corinthians 13:12) 36. Transformed in God’s likeness (2 Corinthians 3:18) 37. Imitator of Christ, a dearly loved child of God (Ephesians 5:1) 38. Blameless and pure (Philippians 2:15) 39. Holy in His sight, without blemish and free of accusation (Colossians 1:22) 40. Overflowing with thankfulness (Colossians 2:7) 41.   A doer (James 1:22) 42. Humbled (James 4:10) 43. God’s elect (1 Peter 1:1) 44. Loving (1 John 4:19) 45. Obedient (1 John 5:3) 46. Overcame the world (1 John 5:4) 47. Full of song and worship to the Lord (Psalm 100:1-2) 48. A secure and prosperous future (Jeremiah 29:11) 49. Ransomed from the power of the grave (Hosea 13:14) 50. Always faithful, hopeful and willing to endure any circumstance (1 Corinthians 13:7)

 

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