Names are very important. In Old Testament times a name expressed the essence or identity of a person. Isaac’s name means “he laughs”, describing the response of his mother Sarah when God told her she would give birth in her old age; Moses’ name is from the Hebrew meaning “to draw out” after he was pulled out from the River Nile; Jesus (meaning saviour) was so-named because He would save the people from their sins.
My name means “a song of joy”.
There are many instances in the Word of God where God changed a person’s name to reflect a new status. For example, Jacob became Israel; Saul became Paul; Abram became Abraham.
Revelation 2:17 says, ” To him who overcomes I will give some of the hidden manna to eat. And I will give him a white stone, and on the stone a new name written which no one knows except him who receives it”
Isaiah 62:2 says ,”You will be called by a new name, which the mouth of the Lord will bestow.”
We will all receive a new name in glory, a token of what the Lord sees in us.
To some of us, our present name might be horrendous or we may have had nicknames linked to our name which made us feel bad. You may have had a label put on you by other people or had things spoken over you. You might even have thought these things about yourself. For example:
“You’ll never make it”
We cannot internalise these names.
The only label you have to live up to is the label that God has put on you:-
“Child of God!”
“My delight is in you!”
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”
“Man looks at the outward appearance but God looks at the heart”
I believe our new name in Heaven will be a constant delight to us and it will be a token of our acceptance with the Father. It will be known only between us and Him. Perhaps it will reflect some very personal and deep things that God has done in our life. It will reveal our character.
In Hannah Hurnard’s book, “Mountains of Spices” Pride and Superiority became Meekness and Lowliness-of-Heart; Much Afraid became Grace and Glory; Umbrage became Bearing-with-Love or Forgiveness; Tit-for-Tat became Acceptance with Joy; Spiteful became Compassionate and Craven Fear became Fearless Witness.
Often God takes our biggest weakness and makes that a glorious strength in our lives.
2 Corinthians 12:9 says “My grace is sufficient for you, for my strength is made perfect in weakness”