Not all of us carry a business card in a wallet or wear a nametag on our shirt. But every one of us carries one or more titles that shape our lives.
Some are clearly negative: Failure, Ugly, Coward, Fag, Unwanted, Unloved.
Others may sound pretty good: College Grad, Pastor, Leader, Successful, Sexy.
Whatever the titles you carry, they have power.
Just like other agreements we make, a title impacts your feelings, behavior, relationships, and ultimately your life. And this is true whether the titles you carry are displayed on your chest or hidden in your gut. When they’re from God, this is a good thing; when they’re not, it can be a problem.
This is why Scripture’s full of examples of God going after names and titles. (Think Abraham, Gideon, Peter, James and John, and Mary.) God knows titles have power.
I can’t stress how huge this is. Men and women arrive at Regeneration’s door wearing all manner of invisible titles: Pervert, Victim, Unloved, Abused, Gay, Gay Christian, Gay Celibate Christian, Sex Addict, Damaged Goods, Adulterer, Adulteress, and more.
We invite those who are willing to come as they are to Jesus, to give His Spirit room to reveal the titles He wants them to lay down, and to reveal to them who they really are.
At times, the Holy Spirit reveals that a seemingly benign or even honorable title is actually holding a person back from a better identity Jesus has for them (e.g. Philippians 3:4 – 11).
Take some time with Jesus and ask Him this question:
Do I carry any faulty title on my chest or in my gut?
Whatever arises in reply, let it come. Jesus exposes not to bind but to free us from all that hinders us.
Then in prayer see yourself taking whatever faulty title He’s exposed and nailing it to His Cross.
Then wait, and ask, and wait some more if you must. He has a new title for you. A new name.
Let Him tell it to you. When you hear it, do something daring: receive it.
I’d love to hear from you: There are several titles I’ve listed in this post (e.g. Sexy, Gay Christian, Gay Celibate Christian, Sex Addict) that many Christians in our culture accept and use. Over the years, our ministry team has found titles like these can hinder people. What do you think? I’d especially love to hear from any of you who have or do use any of these to describe yourself.