Hello, My Name Is…..
How many of you have started your day or ended your day in a meeting where you declare, “Hello, my name is _____________ and I am a/an _______________. “? For some of you, getting your 30 in 30 or 90 in 90, that is a lot of declarations! And awfully negative ones at that!
Now, I am not knocking AA. What I am knocking is the need to identify ourselves by our sins. And here is why…if I have come to Christ, accepted Him, surrendered my life to Him and have been born again doesn’t Paul say in Corinthians that I am a new creation?
I like to view the whole idea of being a new creation as the caterpillar to butterfly analogy. Before I accepted Christ, I was a lowly caterpillar crawling around foraging for food. Then, when I accepted Christ I like to think that he sent me into the chrysalis and I miraculously emerged as a butterfly who can now flit and float about from flower to flower drinking glorious nectar. Now, the butterfly has legs and can choose to crawl on the ground or fly through the air. I don’t know about you, but the only butterflies I’ve seen crawling on the ground are wounded.
Using this analogy, how many of us once we have been transformed continue to crawl on the ground and act like caterpillars when we are beautiful butterflies? I think continually labeling ourselves by our sins clips our wings a little and commits us to the ground a little longer.
Now, sometimes, we are the wounded and have to crawl for a bit. Have you ever been to a butterfly sanctuary? I have and have been amazed at the things you see. Cox Arboretum’s Butterfly Habitat has a rehab section for those wounded butterflies. Do you know what they can do for a butterfly that has had it’s wing clipped by a car or some other accident? They have a container full of “butterfly parts”, pieces and parts of butterflies past. Those pieces are able to be reconnected to injured butterflies to make their wings whole again so that they may soar once again.
If you are that wounded butterfly, turn to the Lord your God, Jehovah Rapha, the Healer of all our troubles. He can take those broken and battered pieces and make you whole again.
If you are a transformed being, the next time you go to your meeting and declare, “Hello, My Name Is”, do it a little differently. Like the song says, you can say, “Hello. My name is Child of the One True King.”
This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! 2 Corinthians 5:17
So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death. The law of Moses was unable to save us because of the weakness of our sinful nature. So God did what the law could not do. He sent his own Son in a body like the bodies we sinners have. And in that body God declared an end to sin’s control over us by giving his Son as a sacrifice for our sins. Romans 8:1-3