You know when people tell you to remove the “you” in scriptures and replace it with your name?
“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified for the Lord your God goes with Cleere; He will never leave Cleere nor forsake Cleere.” –Deuteronomy 31:6
“No temptation has overtaken Cleere that is not common to man. God is faithful, and He will not let Cleere be tempted beyond her ability, but with the temptation He will also provide the way of escape, that Cleere may be able to endure it.” -1 Corinthians 10:13
I always felt so cheesy and churchy when I did that, just being honest.
Like the next activity would be to color in a picture of Noah and the Ark and then sing the ABC’s, ya know?
Well, as of recently, I have started doing this again.
I have found that I hear the Scripture in such a profoundly different way.
Have you ever thought about the significance of each person’s name? How people call it, rely on it and identify people by it?
If you look throughout the Scriptures, Jesus continually refers to the disciple’s names and other characters throughout the Bible, emphasizing their names and the origin of their names.
To help understand how much we recognize the importance of names, I want you to answer two different questions for me?
1.) If your parents said your name (specifically full name) when disciplining you, did you feel as though the consequences of your actions would be more serious?
2.) When someone meets you for the first time and remembers your name, does it make you feel important?
I would be shocked if you didn’t answer “yes” to both of these questions.
Because when you NAME something or someone, you make it personal.
It stops being a general conversation and it becomes more intimate.
The consequences OR the congratulations go from ambiguous to direct.
And as human beings, we respond far more to our names being called than being lumped in a group.
Why do I mention all of this?
Because I think it is crucial that we realize when Jesus was on the cross, each of our NAMES was on His heart.
When we read the promises etched in the Bible, they are living and active for our lives—that “you” stated in the Bible can be replaced with YOUR name!
I think people somehow confuse the fact that because God is such a BIG and mighty God, He can’t be personal.
Huh?! He knows the hairs on your head, the number of grains of sand on the seashore and the detail of the back of an oak leaf and you’re telling me He doesn’t have time to be involved in the specifics of you?
That is craziness!
Our God is a PERSONAL God.
In fact, He doesn’t know how NOT to be personal.
Because He made you, wired you, unconditionally loves you and deeply knows you, His words are not just ambiguous words that are part of an ancient self-help book.
They are LIVING and active and meant for….you.
When you make things personal, you make them practical to someone’s life.
When you feel as though God is talking to YOU, meeting you in your realm, understanding your background and situation and dealing with specifically your circumstances, you know His advice, guidance and promise is intimate, honest and will be delivered.
Like a UPS confirmation, when you sign YOUR name on the receipt of reading God’s word, you ultimately have a responsibility with that package.
I think it’s so cool how big God shows up when we decide to seek Him fully.
“Draw close to God and He will draw near to you.” –James 4:8
Have you drawn close?
Have you allowed Him to pour truth into your life lately and whisper your name?
You can not expect the fruit of a deep relationship if you do not invest in the conversation with Your Savior.
He has called your name!
YOU, my friend, are being pursued!
But hearing your name called comes with a price.
Once you know your name, you also know your identity.
You are no longer just Cleere.
You are Cleere: Child of the most High God, unconditionally and eternally loved, clothed in grace and mercy, forgiven and purified, beautiful, worthy and capable of advancing the Kingdom.
Will you choose to hear your name?
You were bought at a price and the price was the cross.
Your name exists to bring His name glory.
“________________ (insert your name), you are MINE.”
Write it down.
YOUR NAME MATTERS because He died for it so that you may live to make His name Known.
And that is just plain awesome.
“But now, this is what the Lord says– He who created you,He who formed you, “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine.” -Isaiah 43:1