DayBreaks for 9/11/15: A Secret Name
From the DayBreaks archive, 2005:
Rev. 2:17 (NLT) – Anyone who is willing to hear should listen to the Spirit and understand what the Spirit is saying to the churches. Everyone who is victorious will eat of the manna that has been hidden away in heaven. And I will give to each one a white stone, and on the stone will be engraved a new name that no one knows except the one who receives it.
It seems too good to be true, but God wishes to have a relationship with each one of us. All our lives, we meet people and we’re drawn to some right away, hoping to become friends, to have a good relationship. Sometimes they may feel the same way, but sometimes they may not be interested in having a friendship with us. And it’s disappointing when that happens. As a result, we can withdraw from future encounters for fear of being marginalized again.
In Revelation 2 we see a wonderful picture. The victorious will dine on the manna that is hidden in heaven. You know what the manna was in the OT – the food that came down from heaven for the Israelites. Now, it says, that the manna is hidden away in heaven. That manna is the Living Bread, the bread that was broken and which gives us life. As wonderful as that is, we will be given a new name by Christ, a name that no one, except God and us, will know.
What’s the point of having a name that no one knows? No one could call you by it! But I think at least part of what God is trying to tell us is that he wants to have a relationship with us that is unique – different from His relationship with anyone else. C. S. Lewis wrote about this when he suggested: “What shall we take this secrecy to mean? Surely, that each of the redeemed shall forever know and praise some on aspect of the Divine beauty better than any other creature can. Why else were individuals created, but that God, loving all infinitely, should love each differently…If all experienced God in the same way and returned Him an identical worship, the song of the Church triumphant would have no symphony, it would be like an orchestra in which all the instruments played the same note.”
Have you ever wished to be the best in the world at something? How about being the best in heaven, for all eternity, at praising and reflecting some aspect of God’s Divine nature and glory? I don’t know if C.S. Lewis is right about that idea or not, but certainly God has an individual relationship with each of us that is unique and there’s no reason to think that it will stop being unique when we get to heaven.
PRAYER: Lord, I am eager to know my new name and to have a relationship with you that is unbounded by time and untinged by my sin! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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