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I really enjoyed this excerpt from the Evening Reading:
But notice how Christ revealed Himself to this sorrowing one—by a word, “Mary.” It needed but one word in His voice, and at once she knew Him, and her heart owned allegiance by another word, her heart was too full to say more. That one word would naturally be the most fitting for the occasion. It implies obedience. She said, “Master.”
Imagine, Jesus saying my name. The manner in which a name is said can speak volumes. When my mother spoke “James Patrick,” well I knew what was coming was generally NOT going to be good. When her voice said “Jimmy” (don’t get any ideas), well that was totally different, since it was an invitation for communication—not rebuke.
I can only imagine what it will be like when my Master speaks my name. Not of condemnation, nor rebuke, for He already paid the price for my sins. But rather a name spoken to a loved servant from a loving Master, to a friend from the Friend, and to an adopted brother from the only Begotten One.
Not only will He call me by name, but He promises to confess my name before the Father.
He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments, and I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life; but I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels. (Rev 3:5 NKJV)
Not only will He confess my name before the Father, but He promises to give me my own special new name, that only the LORD and myself will know.
He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes I will give some of the hidden manna to eat. And I will give him a white stone, and on the stone a new name written which no one knows except him who receives [it]. (Rev 2:17 NKJV)
What’s in a name? So very much!
And all of this should lead me to the private effectual prayer of a worshipping heart that Spurgeon speaks of in the Morning Reading. As I continually realize, that all of salvation, all that salvation will provide in the future (which is still unimaginable), all of that is mine solely based upon the grace of God.