Sunday, January 15, 2012
The Name Game.
"I will give him a white stone, and on the stone a new name written which no one knows except him who receives it." Revelation 2:17. Words can hurt. That old "Sticks and stones can break my bones, but words can never hurt me." saying couldn't be more wrong. People say things whether in general or specifically to one person, that can rock them to their core. It can hurt them, it can cause one to feel remorse. Some people don't know how to hold their tongue and the after effects can be dreadful. Jesus spoke only of the truth. His words brought forth reality in people's lives. He healed. He is the definition of "right". He spoke wisely and with such insight. He never spoke down on people or called some unruly, cruel epithet. The way He referred to people was with respect and He thought no less of one person than he did any others. Names can be signs. They can have deep meanings. They can be of wisdom, grace, of peace. Some of the names I hear called around the school are so rude, so immature, so degrading. They show the cruelity and darkness inside people. But, God knows no darkness. He only lives in light, He only accepts the light. He calls on us by name, knowing each one of us deeper than we know ourselves. His name alone screams greatness and truth. Our names also have meanings, to Him especially. Recognizing ourselves in the light, finding our meaning through Christ, is important. But, not only do we need to recognize that within ourselves but also within everyone around us. We also need to shine our light upon them, ditching the negative cruelity that seems to be everywhere around us today. Surrounding yourself with people who see your light and recognize their own should be a priority. It is needed if you expect to grow in Christ. Be positive in your walk. Live in the Word. Learn from the teaching of our Savior. Grow. Spread. And pour your knowledge and love for Christ all around you.