Who gave you your name? When my wife and I named our kids, we took careful consideration concerning the names we gave them. With each name there was thought and prayers attached to them. For example we named our first son Joshua Daniel, after his father and grandfather, but also because there were certain characteristics from the Biblical characters that we pray God would develop in him. But what happens when we allow other people and situations to name us? What happens when we allow them to form our identity?
My question is who or what is naming you? Who or what are we allowing to form identity in us?
Sometimes we conform to what culture wants to name us. Other times we allow our identity to be formed by other people’s positive or negative view of us. Yet other times we allow past failures or successes to name us.
Who or what is naming you? Who are you? What is your identity?
All the same question, but it is a very crucial how you answer.
As a believer the core of who we are, the core of our identity should be found in Christ. Here is what Peter says,
As you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious,you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. – 1 Peter 2:4-5
When you came to Christ, the living stone, chosen and precious in the sight of God. Notice what Peter says about believers “you yourselves like living stones.” God names you what he names Christ, a living stone and as a living stone you are chosen and precious because of what Christ has done in you.
Why do we put others in the place of God, allowing people or situations to name us? When we allow other people or situations to name us we are putting them in place of God and think they save or condemn us by how we respond. If we think being a successful business person is our identity then we work hard to achieve to recieve identity and acceptance. When grace from the Father through Christ says you recieve then work on achieving. The Father says you are accepted.
The Heavenly Father, your Maker names you and calls you chosen, precious and if you are a believer, attaches your identity to Christ. Chosen, precious and a living stone. When the Father looks at you, he looks at you through the lens of His Son, Jesus Christ. Let him name you.
Until Next Time
Solo Deo Gloria