Sunday, August 9, 2020

A Case of Mistaken Identity?


When my wife, Cindy, gave birth to our second child, the doctor announced, “It’s a girl!”
I leaned over to Cindy and whispered, “It’s a boy.”

Cindy didn’t know whom to believe. She didn’t have a clear view of our newborn, so she had to decide who was correct. Should she trust our physician who had delivered hundreds of babies, or her husband, who had struggled with high school biology?

She knew our doctor was an expert and could tell the difference between male and female, but she also knew her husband wouldn’t lie to her. Cindy asked me, “Are you sure it’s a boy?” I directed her question to our doctor. “Isn’t the baby a boy? You said, ‘It’s a girl’, but the baby looks like a boy to me.”

Our doctor looked embarrassed. “Did I say girl? I’m sorry, I’ve delivered so many girls this week that ‘it’s a girl’ just came out automatically. Yes, it’s a boy.”
Our son hadn’t been out of the womb for one second and someone already tagged him with a wrong identity!

Perhaps you’ve been labeled with a false identity. Not by a doctor, but a classmate may have called you an ugly, derogatory name. It wasn’t true, but you believed it, and it’s still affecting how you view yourself. Jesus said, “Take care what you listen to” (Mark 4:24). Not everything you hear is true, and believing a lie will negatively affect the way you think.

Don’t let someone’s opinion change your mind about what you know is true. Renounce that lie and embrace your true identity in Christ. “Anyone who belongs to Christ is a new person. The past is forgotten, and everything is new” (2 Cor. 5:17 CEV).
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