What’s in a title? Power? Wealth? Popularity?
Some of us spend our lives working towards a title. The next rung up the ladder. The corner office. The extra initials behind our name.
Others of us preface our title with the word “just,” to minimize the power that title could have had. “I’m just a housewife.” “I’m just a waiter.” “I’m just a student.” Pause for a moment to reflect on your view of titles. Your own titles. The titles of the people you respect, and maybe those you don’t necessarily call your friends. Isn’t it interesting how a few letters put together can carry weight?
I’m not saying that titles are bad or that they don’t matter. What I am saying is that if we’re focusing too much on our title, we may not focus enough on our God. If we draw strength from our title, we’re not drawing strength from our Lord. And if we belittle ourselves because of our title, then we also belittle our Father.
Recently, I resigned from my position at a large corporation, giving up my vice president title to boot. I traded it for working part-time at a non-profit ministry, and one of the first thoughts that popped in my head was, “What will people think?” Would they judge me for walking away from a big title? Would they like me less?
Before I fell down the rabbit hole, I felt the Lord pull me out. “Your title was never My reason for why I love you.”
And your title - whatever it is - is not the reason why our Heavenly Father loves you either.
When the Lord spoke on the harvest and the mission field, He didn’t say, “The vice presidents are few... send out the vice presidents.” He also didn’t say, “Send out the janitors,” or “Send out the managers.” He said, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.
Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into His harvest field” (Matthew 9:37-38). The workers. Other translations say the laborers. In the Lord’s field, we are peers. And we are ALL being called.
Other examples from the Bible show that “powerful titles” are not the sole or primary requirement for being used by God, including:
- The “servant girl” whose suggestion to pray brought Naaman’s healing in 2 Kings 5
- The “boy” whose lunch of five small barley loaves and two small fish were multiplied to feed 5,000 in Matthew 14
- A “Samaritan Woman” whose choice of timing for a drink led to a town’s salvation in John 4
Michelle Myers is an author and founder of she works His way, a ministry focused on empowering women in the workplace to show up well as women of God. While she’s one of the founders of this successful ministry, she chose her business card and email signature to show her title as “His servant.” It’s her way of turning her title into a mission statement.
If you’re looking for something to identify you, then may I offer you 1 Peter 2:9? “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.” Put simply: YOU are a child of God.
And there’s no better title to own than that.