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True Identity

Names make a difference. Suppose you have arranged a meeting with a woman named Edna Bertha Miller. You have never seen this person before, so the picture that forms in your mind may be of an older woman. You might even add a frumpy dress and sensible shoes to the picture. If you had a great aunt or grandmother with that name, you may begin to think of home cooked meals and desserts made from scratch. However, when Edna arrives, she is a stylishly dressed young woman of about twenty-two. In your thoughts, you had given her a false identity.

Many children are given family names out of respect for relatives and often in hopes the child will display some special characteristics. Sometimes parents are inventive and create a unique name for their child, perhaps hoping they will display unique characteristics. All parents treasure visions of the future, in choosing a name.
Whether chosen for the biblical reference, family heritage, or a melodic sound; the name creates the first identity for the child.
Possibly, a child named for a grandmother will emulate her and find identity there. Maybe, as these biblically named children grow older, they will think about the history of their name. Maybe, they will look for identity in God, as their namesakes did, and strive to know their Savior.

Eventually, we all determine our own identity. We live it until meeting Jesus Christ. That's when our true identity begins. Sinner saved by grace, adopted into the family of God, child of the King. From there, we grow into the identity ordained by God hopefully live it until Jesus returns.

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. Revelation 2:17b



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