I actually read this last week. It left me so encouraged and hungry for God I just had to share it. It is originally from a wonderful Godly man and fellow blogger who goes by Dave. He writes a daily devotional for the workplace called Working For Christ and they are very practical, at times convicting and always spoken in love. If any of you are wondering how to live your faith out while at work this is definitely a blog you should check out… anyway this post just captivated me and I hope that you all can glean a bit of hope, peace and holy anticipation for that special day…
“To everyone who is victorious I will give some of the manna that has been hidden away in heaven. And I will give to each one a white stone, and on the stone will be engraved a new name that no one understands except the one who receives it.” (Revelation 2:17, NLT)
In my Bible, those words are printed in red ink. That means they are the words of Jesus. They were spoken in a vision to the Apostle John about the rewards that are waiting for God’s people in heaven. For those who are victorious over sin, Jesus promises to give Manna – the bread of life. To those who overcome the struggles of this life, Jesus promises to give a white stone with a new name. A different name. A unique name. A secret name. Maybe we will keep our earth-born names in heaven, maybe we won’t. One thing for sure is that we will be given new names known only to our Savior and to us.
I like the way Eugene Peterson paraphrases this same verse:
“I’ll give the sacred manna to every conqueror; I’ll also give a clear, smooth stone inscribed with your new name, your secret new name.”
A secret new name. Will it be a name of power? A name of mystery? A name of victory? A name of affection? We don’t know for sure. What we do know is that God will someday rename each of us. We’re not sure how that will happen, but it will be something special.
Perhaps it will happen after you’ve been in heaven for just a few days – after you’ve walked the golden streets, splashed in the river of life and had conversations with Esther, Adam, and Moses. Perhaps God will approach you and ask if you have a few minutes to spare. “I have all eternity,” you reply. So you and your Maker go off together to a quiet, peaceful place. There you sit and talk about the trials and triumphs of life on earth. You blush when God calls you victorious – a conqueror. But then your eyes nearly pop out of your head as He pulls a beautiful white stone from His robe and places it in your hand. There in letters shining with the colors of a rainbow is a name. A secret name. A private name that only you and He will know. At that time, you and your Father will have a special bond that will never be broken.
Why would God go through the extravagant gesture of giving you a new name? Because you are unique. Because you are special. Because you are His.
“… The Lord who created you says: ‘Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you. I have called you by name; you are mine.’” (Isaiah 43:1, NLT)
Enjoy your day, “Working for Christ!”