Thinking on society’s labels and defining terms and how they are so vastly different from anything God says about who we are.
My heart aches for those who are bound by society’s definition of them and unfortunately, this has seeped into our churches at times.
Here’s an #idea.
If we are the body of Christ let’s be that.
Let’s be that to each other and let’s be that to those who are being drawn to us by His Spirit.
Let’s look to others and see who they really are.
Let’s see what God sees.
This can only happen through deep meaningful relationship building.
Using struggles, successes or past mistakes to define someone is society’s metric.
Who are we when all of these things are stripped away? Who is the person covered up by society’s label?
None of us want to be defined by any of those things.
Can we change the narrative and see through eyes of grace?
Can we work on building from the inside and connect to one another without stopping to look at the facades that are in place.
Can we allow each other to be real and create a space for our true self to emerge and be seen, appreciated and loved?
It might not be pretty.
Who we really are.
It might be dirty and there may be layers and layers to lift away.
There will be wounds to dress, sleepless nights and there may be pain involved.
But can we allow truth to reign – even when it hurts – and let’s be ready to walk through this together – to be made in His image.
So who are we?
We are broken people – in need of a Savior.
We are in need of a body to help restore us and heal us and love on us and build us up and lead us back to Him.
This is who we are.