Adam’s Devotional – February 7-13, 2019

From Adam…

You know what’s crazy?  When you’re born, you don’t know your name. You have to learn, discover, and figure out what your name is as well as where it came from and what it means.  Even if you woke up one day and pronounced to everyone, “From now on you will call me Morty, for my true name is Mortimer Finetooth Livingston,” it really wouldn’t be your true name. Unless you go to the trouble of legally changing your name, the name your family gives you is the name you keep. God also gives us a name. We didn’t ask for this name; it was just given to us, and we get to figure out what it means.  God calls us Beloved, and there is no form we can fill out to change it.  Like it or not, believe it or not, ready or not, God calls us Beloved. Do you know your name?  Do you know what God calls you?  What would change in your life if you believed that who you were deep down was God’s beloved?  What would happen if you believe what St. Augustine wrote, that “God loves each one of us as if there was only one of us”? God has gone to great lengths to teach us our true name. God calls our name through scripture, in worship, and fully and completely through Jesus Christ. How much time have you spent listening to God call you “the beloved? God has named you. Learn your name. God’s up to something . . . be a part of it.

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