Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who is victorious, I will give some of the hidden manna. I will also give that person a white stone with a new name written on it, known only to the one who receives it.
- Revelation 2:17
“Makes sense. Fathers are fond of giving their children special names. Princess, Tiger, Sweetheart, Bubba, Angel …
”Isn’t it incredible to think that God has saved a name just for you? One you don’t even know? We’ve always assumed that the name we got is the name we will keep. Not so … The road ahead is so bright a fresh name is needed. Your eternity is so special no common name will do.
“So God has one reserved just for you. There is more to your life than you ever thought. There is more to your story than what you have read …
“And so I plead … Be there when God whispers your name.”
- Max Lucado, When God Whispers Your Name
What is my new name? I have never been overly fond of my given name, but I am used to it.
Maybe my new name is Hat, but I can’t take any of them with me.
Could it be MacGillicuddy? In a discussion on street-style evangelism, years ago, I agreed that we must know Scripture, but I told the group that it takes the Holy Spirit working within you and the person that you talk to for the person to accept Jesus as his Savior. Do not use a lack of deep Bible knowledge to hold you back. The Holy Spirit will guide you. If the other person has been prepared for the moment by the Holy Spirit, you could say, “MacGillicuddy” and they would drop to their knees and accept Jesus without another word being said. I had no idea where that word came from, but it is now stuck. If I use that argument, I always say “MacGillicuddy.”
Could it be Punk? That was the nickname that my brother and sister gave me, until my father’s mother pulled out a dictionary and had me read the definition of the word, rotten or dried wood – not the modern meaning. She asked if that definition described me. When I shook my head, my siblings were instructed to not call me that. I think that is when I became “Monkey.” Is that my new name?
Really, what I yearn for, and feel that I fall so far short of, is what Jesus says in Matthew 25:21, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”
But to think that God has picked out a special name just for me? Mind blowing.
Soli Deo Gloria. Only to God be the Glory.