No matter how many titles an infant is given, he’s still an infant…unable to do much of anything on his own. Prince or pauper, he still needs a diaper.
That said, I get stuck with a lot of labels. So do you. Whether they are given to us or self-proclaimed, help or hinder, somehow they tend to stick. Honestly, I don’t like ’em.
Leader. Laborer. Player. Mother. Father. Provider. Winner. Loser. Teacher. Student. Fat. Skinny. Cook. Waitress. Driver. Shopper. Maid. Mechanic. Runner. Writer. Best. Worst. Hero. Failure. Pretty. Ugly…
There is one label that causes quite a commotion for many both who wear and who reject it: Christian.
There are a few problems with this name. It’s not the title itself that’s troublesome, it’s when the title becomes attached to humans that difficulties arise. Generally, one of two main assumptions follow after one who is deemed “Christian.”
1. The said specimen is flawless.
2. The said specimen is flawed.
With the former assumption, one is prone to despair for lack of hope. Clearly, someone like me can never be perfect like Mr. Christian.
With the latter assumption, which just so happens to be inevitably correct, one refuses to allow for human error and instead wallows in his failed expectations, indifference, and cynicism.
I’ve been misled by both mindsets, so, brothers and sisters, here’s a few things that may be helpful to keep in mind…
I am a Christian. I have been made perfect forever by Christ, who is in the process of making me holy (Hebrews 10:14.) I cannot fall out of this place because he who holds the world also holds me in grace (Jude 1:24.) However, I still fail to buy milk on the proper day. I lose my temper more than I’d care to admit. My default button is always set to take more than I give. Some days I even follow temptation’s trail like a bloodhound. Who will rescue me from this body of death?!
I am absolutely, altogether perfect in the sight of God. I am notably, exceptionally flawed in my humanity. If this sounds schizophrenic, read Genesis 3 and Romans 7 repeatedly.
No matter how flattering my titles and labels may or may not be, they cannot change me on the inside. Even if I wear the “Christian” label, buy a Jesus t-shirt, and stop swearing, I am prone to remain wholly unchanged. External things are just that: external. There is only one who fits the description of a real-life transformer and who can change us from the inside out, forever. It’s not Optimus Prime. It’s he whose titles are ALL exceptionally true:
Advocate. Almighty. Alpha and Omega. Amen. Apostle of our Profession. Atoning Sacrifice for our Sins. Author of Life. Author and Perfecter of our Faith.
Author of Salvation. Beginning and End. Blessed and only Ruler. Bread of God. Bread of Life. Capstone. Chief Cornerstone. Chief Shepherd. Christ. Creator. Deliverer. Eternal Life. Everlasting Father. Gate. Faithful and True. Faithful Witness. Faith and True Witness. First and Last. Firstborn From the Dead. God. Good Shepherd. Great Shepherd. Great High Priest. Head of the Church. Heir of all things. High Priest. Holy and True. Holy One. Hope. Hope of Glory. Horn of Salvation. I Am. Image of God. King Eternal. King of Israel. King of the Jews. King of kings. King of the Ages. Lamb. Lamb of God.
Lamb Without Blemish. Last Adam. Life. Light of the World. Lion of the Tribe of Judah. Living One. Living Stone. Lord. Lord of All. Lord of Glory. Lord of lords. LORD [YHWH] our Righteousness. Man from Heaven. Mediator of the New Covenant. Mighty God. Morning Star. Offspring of David. Only Begotten Son of God. Our Great God and Savior. Our Holiness. Our Husband. Our Protection. Our Redemption. Our Righteousness. Our Sacrificed Passover Lamb. Power of God. Precious Cornerstone. Prince of Peace. Prophet. Resurrection and Life. Righteous Branch. Righteous One. Rock. Root of David. Ruler of God’s Creation. Ruler of the Kings of the Earth. Savior. Son of David. Son of God. Son of Man. Son of the Most High God. Source of Eternal Salvation for all who obey him. The One Mediator. The Stone the builders rejected. True Bread. True Light. True Vine. Truth. Way. Wisdom of God. Wonderful Counselor. Word. Word of God.