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God knows your name

Having someone mention your name indicates a level of familiarity, perhaps even friendship.

And we understand from Scripture, that God not only knows us, but he knows our name.

Perhaps the most famous involved the Apostle Paul, who while in his previous life was persecuting Christians, God called him by name as he was on the road to Damascus to arrest more Christians:

“Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?” (Acts 9:4 NASV)

Many have this perception, that God is indifferent to what is happening to us, but that is not true. God is personally interested in what is going on in your life.

And Jo Hargreaves shared how similar to Paul, God called her by name, transforming her life.

Hargreaves’ mother had divorced twice and this included a second marriage to a church vicar, that left a bad taste in Hargreaves mouth about Christianity.

By the time she arrived at university, Hargreaves had abandoned any semblance of a Christian faith and started dabbling in paganism and even signed up with classes that pushed those type of themes.

She moved into a house with a group of friends who were into drugs and partying.

She remembered the night that she had just taken a line of cocaine off the back of the toilet at a bar, when Hargreaves knew she needed to get out of there. She abruptly left, abandoning her friends without even saying goodbye.

As she was walking home, Hargreaves said God spoke calling her by name: “Joanna, this is not the life that I’ve got planned for you.”

Since her friends all used “Jo”, the use of her full name immediately caught Hargreaves’s attention.

As she continued walking home, she recalled the devotional book that her mother, who had become a Christian a year earlier, had sent her. When she arrived home, she dragged it out and began devouring it.

That night, she fell to her knees and called out to Jesus.

She would eventually move out of the house where she was living and start attending church and today works as a Christian therapist.

But God not only knows who you are, the Lord has also chosen a new name for each of us, which the Apostle John writes about in his vision of the end times:

17 The one who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who overcomes, I will give some of the hidden manna, and I will give him a white stone, and a new name written on the stone which no one knows except the one who receives it.’ (Revelation 2:17 NASV)

This secret new name will be written on a white stone, which God will give each believer.

There have been many suggestions as to what the white stone symbolized. Since it was tied to overcoming, perhaps the best explanation revolves around a small white stone that the Romans gave the victors of athletic games, Got Questions explains.

The stone, which had the individual’s name written on it, allowed them to attend the victory banquet.

Your new name may ultimately be tied to the new creature that we have become in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17).

God not only knows your name, but the Lord has reserved a new name for you that reflects how He sees you.

It may be similar to when God changed the name of Abram to Abraham. Though still without children, God changed his name because He saw the patriarch as the father of nations (Genesis 17:3-5).

READ: ‘I was dabbling in paganism and taking cocaine. But then God called my name and I’ve never been the same’ AND University Student High On Drugs Hears God Call Her Name: ‘I Heard The Voice Of God’ AND Why is God going to give us a white stone with a new name?

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