Originally published September 6, 2016
One of the things I love about checking my notifications on my social media pages is learning my readers’ names. They are all so interesting!
Some of you have the same names as some of my family members, which makes me think fondly of them and wonder if you’re like them in any way.
Some of your names remind me of characters in funny movies and make me smile.
Some of your names sound like they are French or Chinese or Middle Eastern or African or originated somewhere fascinating, and lead me to think about the beautiful places God has created all over the world.
Some of your names are a mystery of phonetics, and I have a fun time trying to figure out how to pronounce them.
Some of you have biblical names, and those call well-loved Bible stories to mind.
But whatever your name is, it doesn’t really matter what it makes me think of. What matters is what God thinks. He who calls the stars by name (Psalm 147:4) certainly knows your name. What does He think of you when He sees your name?
Does He see your name written in the Lamb’s book of life (Revelation 21:27) because you have repented of your sin and placed your faith in Christ alone for salvation?
Or, when your name comes before Him in eternity, will He say, “Depart from Me. I never knew you”? (Matthew 7:23)
If you’re not sure of the answer to those questions, or how God sees you, here are some resources that can help. God wants you to know for sure (1 John 5:13).