Have you ever seen one of those movies about high school? You know the ones—the jocks keep their distance from the nerds, the cheerleaders ignore the band kids, and smart students avoid the skaters. Even though they’re just movies, we’d all probably say there’s some truth to them because we all know that in real life we’re sometimes defined by our labels. And even though not all labels are bad, they still have a way of making us feel stuck. Good or bad, true or untrue, labels have a way of creating limits on our lives. In the Bible, no one understood this better than Moses. But as we take a look at the start of his story, we’ll see that even though Moses’ life could have been limited by his label, God certainly wasn’t.
Then Pharaoh’s daughter went down to the Nile to bathe, and her attendants were walking along the riverbank. She saw the basket among the reeds and sent her female slave to get it. She opened it and saw the baby. He was crying, and she felt sorry for him. “This is one of the Hebrew babies,” she said
Exodus 2:5–6 NIV.
Small Group Questions
- Without naming names, what are some of the labels that you see people give to each other?
- Why do you think labels are so powerful?
- How can someone’s label create limits for their future?
- Why do you think the label “Hebrew” could have limited Moses’ potential during the time he was living?
- How do you think Moses was able to rise above his “Hebrew” label to live a big life?
- If you believed that God’s power was bigger than your label, how would you live differently?
Question of the week
If you gave yourself permission to dream big, what would you dream for your life and future?
Start living your life the way God sees you not by the label people want to put on you.