Your Title

What is the title that you go by?

What do you like to be called?

When I was a kid, all adults were Mr. and Mrs/Ms. and ma’am and sir. I still call lots of folks, Mr. and Mrs. I get fussed at sometimes, but I always tell them folks, blame my parents, that’s how I was raised!

As a pastor, I’ve been called Rev. or Pastor or Bro. I just prefer Andy. It suits me a lot better.

We’ve each got titles in our lives. We’ve each got “names” in our lives. But, do you know what your greatest title is? Listen to what 1 John says this morning:

See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.

The greatest name, the great thing you could ever be called is that – a child of God.

That trumps everything else, and everything else is based up on that.

You foundation shouldn’t be your job.

Or your position.

Or your status.

Or your, well, anything.

Your greatest status, your great title, your greatest worth should come from this – you are a child of God.

And if that is primary, if that is foundational, if that is at the heart of it all, it will all work it out. It will all make sense. It will all be worth it. When He is at the center. And when you walk with Him is at the center.

Today, what is the your title? Today, may it be that you are a child of God.

A Change is coming. . . . slowly

As I was reading through part of John this morning, I read over Jesus’ calling of Peter.  It is found in Chapter 1:

42 Then Andrew brought Simon to meet Jesus. Looking intently at Simon, Jesus said, “Your name is Simon, son of John—but you will be called Cephas” (which means “Peter”).

One of the things we see in Scripture is that when some people come to God, their name is changes – Abram to Abraham, Jacob to Israel, Simon to Peter, Saul to Paul.

Why? What does God change someone’s name?

In the days of the Bible, your name was more than just what people called you . . . . it was who you were. It represented something deeper about you.

So, when God changed your name, He wasn’t just changing what people called you, He changed who you were.

A change is coming.

We want that in our lives, don’t we. We want to be different. We want to change old habits, we want to start new ones. We want to be different.  We want to change for the better.

But, it’s hard.  Things come slowly.  We fall back into old habits and old ways.

We want change on a dime. We want things happen quickly, we want to be a different person at this exact moment.

It doesn’t always happen that way. Change in our lives doesn’t always come quickly. Sometime it slowly.

So, what do we? We be faithful. Each second, each moment, each hour, each day.

We are faithful. We do what we should do. We pray. We read. We fellowship. We worship. We do our part.

And, slowly, you know what happens? We change. We are different. We are transformed.

Sometimes, we change very quickly. Most times, it’s a process.

God wants to change you today. He wants you to have new life today.  He wants you to know what’s most important today.

So be faithful.  Today, and each day. And we will find that we have grown more than we would ever realize. Be faithful. And know God will do His part.