How many times do you meet up with a friend to catch up and the first thing that you ask is simply: “What’s new?!” Um for me, I do this pretty much every single time I see someone after it’s been a few days, weeks, or even months since we “caught up on life”. If someone were to ask me this question today, I would talk about my job status, what I did this weekend, and the newest, most interesting updates that I could think of.
The thing is: this puts ME at the forefront of this question. What I am doing. Who I am spending my time with. What I did. This is how we define ourselves and our current state of life. When we begin our conversations with this question, it limits our discussions to shallow lists that have no real meaning or even any real potential to turn into a beneficial, encouraging, time well spent with people that we love.
And honestly, I want to start off by saying that I am extremely guilty of this. Every single day.
Over the past couple of weeks, the Lord has been teaching me more and more about what it looks like to speak His truths over our lives. The truth about how sinful we are and how gracious and merciful and loving He is. And I believe that this starts with eliminating the labels and the banners that we choose to hold over our heads when we talk to others.
What if the banner over our lives didn’t revolve around our circumstances?? What if the banner over our lives revolved around who Jesus is and the truth that he proclaims over us?
The banners I hold over myself include:
My job status
False personas that hide my authentic self
The banners that Jesus holds over me, however, state that I am:
Satisfied in Christ
Victorious over sin
Made blameless in His sight
So I am challenging myself over the next few weeks to quit limiting the Lord in my conversations. To discuss who Jesus is instead of what I have done. Shouting out his victories and my failures. To proclaim His faithfulness, His word and His promises over and over and over again.
“The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places, indeed I have a beautiful inheritance.” Psalm 16:6