Revelation 2:17 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, I will give some of the hidden manna. I will also give him a white stone with a new name written on it, known only to him who receives it. (NIV)
Although some people may enjoy it, name calling is not particularly pleasant. Many of us have had an ugly share of name-calling—and it hurts. There are some names that we can easily identify with: Failure, Ugly, Cheat; the list is endless.
The Bible also has people whose names were not particularly pleasant. Here are just a few:
- Jacob – “cheat”
- Mahlon – “weak”
- Lo-Ruhamah – “not loved”
- Lo-Ammi – “not my people” [imagine your father calling you “Not Mine” or your mom, “Not Loved”!]
- Jebez – “pain”
In Bible times, one’s name somehow described their life and destiny. That’s why whenever there is a new destiny and assignment, God gives people new names.
As people and circumstances call us different names, we eventually come to believe them. They affect how we view ourselves and our destinies, and how live. But God is in the business of changing names.
- Abram – “exalted father” was changed to Abraham – “father of many”
- Jacob – “cheat’ was changed to Israel – “he persists with God in prevailing prayer”
No matter what names you have endured in your lifetime, God has a name reserved for you. It is it is unique. No one else has it. I believe that name describes your eternal purpose and mission in God. Don’t go by what people call you.