Years ago a dear friend of mine gifted me with a package of name tags. This might seem like a strange sort of gift, but when she expressed the meaning it made much more sense and brought significance. She told me about the importance of a name – it is your identity – it is who you are.
A good name is more desirable than great wealth. Respect is better than silver or gold. Proverbs 22:1 (GWT)
She continued in saying that she believes that I am meant to be many things and that I am to declare over myself, what my name is each day. (For example: Strong, Gracious, Dreamer, Blessing, Hope, etc.) I did this all throughout the remainder of my time in ministry school, and each day was lived with a consciousness of what my name was and what that meant in the life I lived. This revolutionized the way that I lived and thought.
It changed the way that I looked at people. I believe that every day there is a divine appointment that we are meant to take hold of – someone we are supposed to meet, bless, pray for, ordained of heaven to share the love of Jesus. We don’t always see it because we are too busy thinking about what we are doing, rather than who we are. When you know who you are, you will never be the same. But knowing who you are begins with recognizing who God is.
I recall the story in Matthew 16:13-19.
“Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven. And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”
Simon received the revelation from God of who Jesus was, and after which, Jesus gave him a new name, and declared over him an identity. And with that name, he was also given the picture of what it it looked like to walk in that authority.
Do you know who you are?
I found the name tags one day years later as I was cleaning my car. What came to mind was not my identity, but the people who I’ve seen who have forgotten who they are, or who have had their identity snatched away from them. I don’t know what other names that you may have worn or currently wear. Maybe they are ones that someone else put on you, or ones that you put on yourself. But today, I am asking you: do you know who you are?
1 Peter 2:9 says:
“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.”
So, what name are you called today? What speaks to your identity? I want to challenge you to seek the Lord for a deeper revelation of who He is, and with that revelation, may you walk with clarity of your identity and in the authority that you have as a child of God.