2756 My New Name
To the one who conquers I will give some of the hidden manna, and I will give him a white stone, with a new name written on the stone that no one knows except the one who receives it. Rev. 2:17b ESV
How wonderful is this: Jesus gives us His own new name! In the Bible, the Lord often gave the people He worked with a new name: Abram became Abraham; Jacob became Israel; Simon became Peter. With a new name He, who knows us the best, gives us a new identity and a new calling. He allows us to become our true selves, to be who He made us to be. Of course, we can also see our new name as His favourite name for us, a pet name. You know, the way we give a loved one our own special name? Such a name speaks of love and intimacy. That is what Jesus does!
Yes, Jesus has His own special name for you! He knows you better than you know yourself. He knows who you are and what you will become. Through His Holy Spirit He maintains a unique relationship with you, a personal and distinctive dialogue. One day He will tell you what He has been calling you all the time!
Thank you, Lord, for knowing me through and through. Thank you for Your love for me, for Your special name. Thank you for a unique relationship with You today, and for the living hope of meeting You one day face-to-face. In Jesus’ Name, amen.
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