14 “I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me—
Hello, my name is…well…that all depends. Satan wants you to believe that you are forgotten, a mistake, and a loser. However, God turns the forgotten into the forgiven. He transforms a mistake into a masterpiece, and the Almighty changes the loser into life everlasting.
Names are truly important. They can even shape your character and future. We know all too well that children live up to the names they are called. Insulting names (e.g., dumb, loser, disappointment, etc.) create long-lasting negative implications. Reinforcing names (e.g., blessing, loved, valued, etc.) unlock a world of possibilities. Research already confirms these truths. Therefore, why do we listen to Satan’s lies as adults?
~Hello my name is mistake…God doesn’t want me. I’m too much of a screwup to be loved by Him or anyone else.
~Hello my name is forgotten…No one notices me. I’m living in this world alone. The silence is deafening. I’m a ghost to those around me. It’s not worth it.
~Hello my name is regret…I can’t be forgiven for the things I’ve done. I’m too evil, and I’ve done too many bad things.
~Hello my name is loser…I can’t catch a break. I lose everything that’s important to me. I’m being punished daily.
~Hello my name is tortured…my demons won’t go away. I don’t have the strength to fight anymore.
Do any of these names sound familiar? Some of you might be wearing one or more of these name tags right now. However, Romans 8:17 tells a different story, “Now if we are children, we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with the Messiah—if, in fact, we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.”
~Hello my name is saved…I was once lost but I found grace and chose salvation.
~Hello my name is blessed…My worth is not found in worldly treasures but in God’s freedom.
~Hello my name is forgiven…nothing in this world can separate me from the love of God.
Question: What name tag are you wearing right now? How can you replace your negative name tag with God’s name tag designed for you?