He 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, with a new name
written on the stone that no one knows except the one who receives it. Rev. 2:17 NIV
Lord Jesus, this Scripture reminds us that nothing is more central to our identity than the name(s) by which we live. Often our most formative name isn’t the one on our birth certificate. Evil has given us names that have shaped, sorrowed, and shamed us deeply. We are so grateful you are the Lord of redeeming and renaming.
Whether or not there’s literally a new name you’ll give us in heaven, it is enough that you presently call us “Mine”, “Beloved”, and “Desired.” Heal us and free us to live by these names.
But as much as we love our new names, Jesus, your name is the name we love to hear more than any other. It’s by your name that we’re fully forgiven and declared righteous, being healed of every disease and being freed from every bondage. And it’s at your name, Jesus, that one Day we will gladly bow our knees with everyone in heaven, on earth and under the earth (Phil. 2:9-11). Hallelujah, and hasten that blessed Day.
Jesus, it’s only because you overcame sin and death for us that we dare call ourselves “overcomers.” It’s only because you drank the cup of our judgment that we’ll feast on the “hidden manna” of heaven and drink the living water of the gospel forever.
Free us to forsake all the destructive labels we’ve been given in life or have chosen for ourselves. And help us address one another the way you speak to us—with kindness and grace, healing and hope. So very Amen we pray, in your exalted and all tender name.