Tuesday, August 4, 2015

The Power To Create A Name

I was thinking of those toys that make farm animal sounds. Little children learn about animals by looking at pictures and making the distinctive sound. It's a fun game and everybody gets to make silly noises while helping a child grow.

Ducks say, 'Quack. Quack.' and they are yellow. The cow says, 'Moo' and it is big and brown and white.

What about God and people and angels? What do they say and do?

The Bible tells us what God and angels do. People are funny aren't they? Barks, growls and squeaks just don't cover it do they?

"If you, O LORD, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand? But with you there is forgiveness, that you may be feared. I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, and in his word I hope;" - Psalm 130:3-5 ESV

If God named us by our squeaks and growls we would be done and if we name each other that way we also will fall short of see a person for who they are. Sentences like, 'You always do that.' or 'Why can't you ever do this.' kill relationships one inch at a time because they tell someone a standard that they do not live up to. God is not marking those things. He couldn't have a relationship with us if He did. He Is a holy God.

Grace gives us a name that God knows. Grace makes us an object of love. We name the animals but only God can name us.

Jesus gives us a good name. If we are found to be under His covering we are called blessed. We are called righteous. He names us beloved.

People will just name what they see or don't see. Fallen angels will lie and call us something purposely wrong because they hate, fear and twist. It is their nature.

We can spend the day calling things as we see them or using the labels others have made but there is a third option. We call things as God sees them. He looks at each one as forgiven and wants cleansing to come in to wash away an old identity and replace it with one that is under the covering of His Son.


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