Max Lacado says, “Society labels you like a can on an assembly line. Stupid. Unproductive. Slow learner. Fast talker. Quitter. But as grace infiltrates, criticism disintegrates. You know you aren’t who they say you are. You are who God says you are. Spiritually alive; heavenly positioned…“seated with him in the heavenly realms” and “one with Jesus Christ.” Of course, not all labels are negative. Some people regard you as clever, successful. But it doesn’t compare with being “seated with him in the heavenly realms!” God creates the Christian’s resume! Grace defines who you are. The parent you can’t please is as mistaken as the doting uncle you can’t disappoint. Listen, God wrote your story. He cast you in his drama. You hang as God’s work of art, a testimony in his gallery of grace. According to Him, you are His. Period.”
This is the theme of a novel I’m working on. I had this manuscript finished …ready to publish…(Yeah, right!) Then after a few rejections, I realized this story was actually about the life of one of my senior high Sunday School students. So I decided to rewrite the novel and let that character time-travel to learn who she is. Throughout history, society and governments try to label us. Max Lacado is right…God defines us!