One of the first things parents do is give their child a name.
We begin to respond to that name very early. Throughout life we long to hear our name, to be picked for the team, to be recognized for our accomplishments, to hear it in that special way that comes when it is spoken by the one we love.
As life goes on we begin to understand our name means something more than just identifying who we are, it identifies what we are. John is a talented athlete, Julie is a skilled doctor. Jack is a gifted speaker, Jamie is a talented singer and songwriter. There is recognition in a name there is identification in a name. But things in life happen, that attempt to define our name, who we are in a way we were never meant to be.
Regret, sorrow, failure, addicted, broken, defeated, shame
We all were there at one time, many still are, known by, identified by, defined by a name that is not meant to be ours. One of the greatest lies of the enemy is “God may have done that for them, but not for you.”
You aren’t good enough,
You aren’t worth it,
You’ve gone to far
You’ve sinned too much
You are worthless
Lies all lies.
But there is good news. He knows your name, the name that was meant for you all along.
It is true Christ died for all, but He also suffered and died for one. You.
When you decide to turn away from the name that is not yours, and call out to Him he hears you. He knows your name. And He has given you other names
Redeemed, adopted, member of the family, child, heir, rescued, delivered, forgiven, victorious!*
“See how very much our Father loves us, for he calls us his children, and that is what we are!“ 1 John 3:1
“Because as Scripture says, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. ” Romans 10:13
I am the good shepherd; I know my own sheep, and they know me. John10:14
Nothing dirty or defiled will get into the City, and no one who defiles or deceives. Only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life will get in. Revelation 21:27