What do you think, when you hear the word “titles”? The first thing that comes to my mind is “titles” bestowed upon an individual with honor, rank or office such as a Queen. I have had my fair share of liking/disliking royalty and opinions regarding the process of “knighting” folks to meet their convenience and to belong in a “good ol’ boys club.” Now the word “tag” conjures up another image on my mind – an unsightly one: a skin tag. A skin tag is not necessarily dangerous, but can be ugly; because it can be small pendulous growth on the skin and those with an aesthetic sense seek to remove it. It is unwanted! All of this thinking extends my mind to think about the "tags and titles" we aim for and want to attain every day. We somehow unconsciously are striving to attain worldly titles, worldly tags (which may not be harmful, but can be a big waste of time). While not all tags and titles are harmful and some are even necessary, the ones we seek after and pursue to wear as a “badge” of honor or a spiritual calling is waste of precious time and a major distraction. Now a medical doctor does need his/her education to rightly diagnose and treat a person and I am not referring to that kind of title. I am talking about the need that we feel that only those with a title of “Pastor” or “Deacon” are the ones who are called to share the good news. As a lay person (non-ordained), I am a market place minister and so are you. Tags and titles are man-made and are of the old order. When the new order comes, the old has to go. Jesus Christ did not want to be called by a special title even though He of all persons was the most qualified to walk with one.
When God called Jeremiah, He said, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” Jeremiah 1:5 Based on this verse it is safe to assume that before we were even in the womb, God knew us. He knew who you and I would be, the lives we would lead, the challenges we would face and He placed a calling over our lives – for Jeremiah, that was to be a prophet. If we could have seen toddling Jeremiah in the spiritual realm, we would have seen the title “prophet” over his forehead. So, when we have such authentic, God given titles over our foreheads that the enemy sees and recognizes in the spiritual realm, why do we want to invest on earthly tags and titles? Or to ask in a different way, “do earthly tags and titles even matter?”
God is doing a new awesome work – He is not destroying the church, because the church is His body (I am not referring to a denomination or even to a physical building – but to the people who are the body); rather He is building the church up in a phenomenal and new way. Like Jesus said to the woman at the well, “Believe me, dear woman, the time has come when you won’t worship the Father on a mountain nor in Jerusalem, but in your heart. 22 Your people don’t really know the One they worship. We Jews worship out of our experience, for it’s from the Jews that salvation is made available. 23–24 From here on, worshiping the Father will not be a matter of the right place but with the right heart. For God is a Spirit, and he longs to have sincere worshipers who worship and adore him in the realm of the Spirit and in truth.” John 4: 21-24 (TPT)
What God is destroying is the man-made doctrine of rules and regulations, things of the flesh and any other thing we use to set ourselves above others. Each one of us is called to be a minister of the good news – paper titles are not required. By proclaiming the good news as well as depicting the fruit of the spirit, they will recognize who we are and whose we are. Christ walks among the seven lamps and He knows us and sees our works. I want to be on Jesus’ side as He destroys our man made walls and barriers; I do not want to contribute to building what He is destroying. So, let our lights shine so that we truly and indeed glorify the Father in heaven.