Sermon Series: Life
Text: Ephesians 1:1-14; 6:10-20
Preacher: Brent McCrory
There are a variety of things for which a person can be known in our culture. Another way of saying the same thing is, there are a variety of labels a person can have attached to oneself in our culture. Some labels are “good” (e.g., kind, teacher, athlete, etc.) and sought after (excellent, the best, etc.). Yet other labels are “bad” (addict, a ‘less desirable job,’ a klutz, etc.) and can bring shame. Worse yet, sometimes people “live down to” a label that has been applied to them.
For all their differences, there is a common factor with labels, they are all subject to change. Oh it is true that a “bad” label may still linger in the background (usually in the form of gossip – e.g., “Well sure he is now, but do you know what he did back…”), the reality that even good labels can change ought to give everyone pause. In other words, any title, self-attainment, whatever, can all be taken away…and if your identity is wrapped up in one of those labels – that is very difficult news to handle.
Fortunately, for followers of Jesus, one designation trumps all labels. Equally fortunately, this designation is open to anyone who is willing to accept it.
Note: our own Brenda Nichols shared a part of her story with us in the sermon. I am certain you will be blessed to hear what she shared.