“He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it.” Revelation 2:17

When I was born, my mother wanted to call me Elizabeth Anne, but someone else filled out the papers and so my birth certificate reads Annie Elizabeth, after one of my father’s sisters. I changed schools in Grade 9 and decided to drop the “i” and so I was Anne for many years. When I moved to Quebec, I had to go back to my maiden name for a lot of things, so now some of my official papers read Annie.

Most of us have had nicknames over the years no matter what our parents named us. I remember my dad calling me “Dolly Dimples,” and my husband often called me “Little Kitten.” There have been others as well, some good and others not.

The most important thing I care about today is that the Lord looks at me as His daughter. When I talk to Him, I can hear His voice whispering my name, and I know He is listening, and paying attention to me.

According to this verse in Revelation, Jesus has a special name chosen for me and one day He is going to give me a white stone with that new name written on it. I don’t know what that name will be, but it will be exciting to find out. There is no way of knowing  what that name will be based upon, or why He will have chosen it. It certainly will not be because I have gained any great position here on earth.

Do you like the name you have today, or would you rather have been called something else? Don’t worry, if you are faithful to the Lord, one day He will present you with that new name – one that is unique for you and that expresses exactly how much He loves you. Just be faithful and trust Him to choose.

I John 3:2 “Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.”

Prayer:  Thank you, Lord Jesus, that you know my name, and that you have a special one chose for me when you return for your people.

Devotion by Anne Johnston


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