Step Up, Day 43: Whose label do you carry?
READ Judges 6:11-16 (NKJV)
11 Now the Angel of the LORD came and sat under the terebinth tree which was in Ophrah, which belonged to Joash the Abiezrite, while his son Gideon threshed wheat in the winepress, in order to hide it from the Midianites.
12 And the Angel of the LORD appeared to him, and said to him, “The LORD is with you, you mighty man of valor!”
13 Gideon said to Him, “O my lord, if the LORD is with us, why then has all this happened to us? And where are all His miracles which our fathers told us about, saying, ‘Did not the LORD bring us up from Egypt?’ But now the LORD has forsaken us and delivered us into the hands of the Midianites.”
14 Then the LORD turned to him and said, “Go in this might of yours, and you shall save Israel from the hand of the Midianites. Have I not sent you?”
15 So he said to Him, “O my Lord, how can I save Israel? Indeed my clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father’s house.”
16 And the LORD said to him, “Surely I will be with you, and you shall defeat the Midianites as one man.”
One of the things that is really amazing about God is that He can see the things in us that no one including ourselves can see. We all carry around labels. Most of us are pretty comfortable being described, and understood by those labels. Whatever label you may have, Jesus is the only person that really knows us. Gideon was someone who was known as a “play it safe,” “cowardly” person. No matter his label however, God was, and is able to say with certainty that Gideon was a mighty warrior. God saw the military victories before any of them had been made manifest, and He truly sees great things in your future.
Do you ever think what God sees you doing 10 years from now? How many people will be in the kingdom of heaven because of your life, and your desire to be used by the God that sees what no one else can. Like Shrek the Ogre says you are an onion with many layers, and God is the one who peels back and exposes the truth of all our layers.
Get on your knees and pray out loud today, and ask God to peel back the layers of all the titles you wear. Ask Him to reveal who you are in Him today. Once the layers are peeled back and you can see yourself take some time and ask God what He sees in you that hasn’t been made manifest yet. Are you a great warrior, a minister of peace, an ambassador for Jesus? God never wastes an opportunity, so let Him use you today!