Yesterday we talked about labels. Let’s take a look at some labels of folks we see in the Bible.
Gideon labeled himself the weakest member of the weakest clan of Israel. Yet God’s angel addressed him as “mighty warrior”. Now, he didn’t immediately become that mighty warrior, but he did eventually grow into his new name. (Judges 6)
We see other times in Scripture when people are given new names: Abraham, Sarah, Jacob, Peter, and Paul, for example. And each time, the new name carries a new purpose.
Let’s look at Peter.
Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven. And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. (Matthew 16:17-18)
I think it’s interesting to note that AFTER Jesus gives Peter his new name and new purpose, Peter STILL fails Jesus (repeatedly). It takes him time to grow into this new name.
We all have this idea that once we accept Christ, or once we really commit ourselves, or once we decide to live to please God for real — that all of the sudden our trajectory will be consistently up.
Unfortunately, just like Gideon and Peter, we are human. We fail. We fall down. We screw up.
But, just like Gideon and Peter, if we get back up and keep trying, we will keep moving upward. Sometimes, we need someone to remind us of our new label, our new purpose. So, I’ll remind you:
You have greatness inside you. It’s time to act like it!
Sneak Peek at tomorrow’s devotion: Do you ever feel like your best just isn’t good enough?