What name best identifies you? Is it father, mother, sister, grandma, brother, grandfather? Is it accountant, teacher, lawyer, mechanic? Is it artist, athlete, musician, dancer? Is it giver, helper, volunteer, caregiver? In our life we fill many roles and sometimes the roles vary by who we are around and what we are doing at the time. Often the names others give us and know us by reflect who we are and how we are known. Sometimes we even live into the names we are given.
In the quiet alone times with God, do you hear Him calling your name? He does call out to each. God calls out to each of us by name – Susan, Paul, David, Alice, Greg. Jesus called the twelve to follow Him and become His disciples. In doing so they were called to a new way of life. Through their time with and in relationship to Jesus, they came to see themselves as worthy, loved, redeemed. As we hear Him calling our name and begin to live into that call, we too come to see ourselves as worthy, loved, redeemed.
As God calls out and stakes an increasing claim on our lives as we grow in the faith, one of or true names becomes more and more evident: child of God. As we grow into this name our other names become secondary. Instead of father we become known as a Christian father. Instead of a lawyer we become known as a Christian lawyer. What we ‘do’ becomes secondary to who we are as God increasingly is our first consideration in all of our choices, decisions, priorities.
Being a child of God is a journey. Once we realize we are a child of God, we begin living into a new identity. We will still stumble, fall, make mistakes. But as a child of God, when we stumble, we will fall into His arms of grace. As a beloved child of God, we never walk alone. Do you hear Him calling your name?
Scripture reference: 1 John 3: 1-7