Man finds it very convenient to use labels and there is certainly nothing wrong with that as long as the label is accurately describing the goods. It is disappointing when you buy something that is labeled wrong and you find out later it’s not at all what you thought. When we have had this happen to us several times we begin to learn to examine, more closely, the goods rather than just the label.

This line of thought is especially important when it comes to discerning who the real Christians are, and Scripture gives specific guidelines for this. The true believer must have a relationship with the Lord that provides him or her with the “spirit of discernment” for only as we are led by the Holy Spirit will we know. Scripture also says that it is not good enough to simply go by what they claim to be but we will “know them by their fruits”. This closer examination requires more time and one must learn to ‘wait on the Lord’ for the true nature of the goods will, in time, speak louder than any label.

What has been said above is rather elementary. But when we consider the ramifications of the comparison between a false label and the real goods, spiritually, we find a very disturbing possibility. Jesus said that “few there be that enter in” and “many are called but few are chosen” and that sounds an alarm. When Elijah was discouraged he asked the Lord to take his life because he said he was the only true believer, to which the Lord responded that He had “7000 others that had not bowed their knee to Baal”. The reality is that those 7,000 represented only two tenths of one percent of the total number of God’s people at that time. What is frightening is that if we use those numbers and apply them today it means that out of a church membership of 1000 only two would be true followers of Christ giving new meaning to what our Lord said, “narrow is the way”.

Are we just wearing the label or are we doing the “will of My Father in heaven” (Matthew 7:21).

Have thine own way, Lord! Have thine own way!
Thou art the potter, I am the clay.
Mould me and make me after Thy will,
While I am waiting, yielded and still . . . (Have Thine Own Way, Lord)