Before any product can be sold, it must include a barcode on the packaging in order for it to be stacked on the shelves and ready for purchase. It’s the barcode on any item in the supermarket that identifies its price and other essential details relative to it’s purchase.
In a similar way, all of us have our own unique barcode. We all have this invisible identifying mark revealing the detail about our perceived self worth and make up.
When we surrender our lives to Jesus we become a ‘new creation’. The old has gone and the new has come. We have been forever altered on the inside and as a consequence there needs to be a change of ‘barcode‘ to reflect the reality of what has taken place on the inside.
Paul used to be identified as a murderer. He used to go around killing and persecuting Christians. If anyone scanned his ‘barcode’ they would discover the confronting reality of who he truly was.
But when he encountered Jesus everything changed. Instead of being a persecutor, he became a champion of the church and gave his life to helping to build up rather than tear down the house of God.
There came a time where Paul needed to stop seeing himself as what he used to be and start identifying himself as who he was today. So in a letter to the church in Corinth he declared:
‘For I am the least of all the apostles. In fact, I’m not even worthy to be called an apostle after the way I persecuted God’s church. But by the grace of God I am what I am’ – 1 Corinthians 15:9-10
Paul declared the truth that, “by the grace of God I am what I am”. Paul was no longer a persecutor but an apostle. It wasn’t until he fully embraced his new identity that he was able to be ‘stacked on the shelves’ and positioned for God to propel him into destiny.
In the same way, each of us must also choose our barcode and declare the truth about who we really are. “By the grace of God I am no longer what I used to be, but what I am today”.
You are no longer identified by your past sins and failure, your hurt or rejection or labels that others may have placed on you. Let go of the old and embrace the new so you can courageously step into the purpose of God!