Today we are diving into the topic of what God calls you.
We all have that one friend who gets extremely offended when someone mispronounces their name; whether it’s at Starbucks, or in class, whenever someone says it wrong they will correct them.
Growing up I always had my last name mispronounced. It’s a weird one and it’s hard to figure out the exact enunciation.
It’s never been something that’s bothered me, and never something I corrected people on.
Well, when I was a senior in high school, I started a new class with a teacher I didn’t know. When she called my name incorrectly, as usual I didn’t correct her. Not a big deal right?
Well, there happened to be another girl in my grade with a similarly spelled name but with an entirely different pronunciation.
One day, my teacher asked me to stay after class, to which of course made me worried about what I could have possibly done.
When we met she told me she overheard some guys talking about me in a less than great light in between classes, and that they were spreading a rumor about something I didn’t do.
I was pretty upset and annoyed so I went to talk to the boys. When I talked to them they were confused. They had been talking about this other girl (still not okay) not me.
This was the first time that I realized it’s important to be called by your name.
Have you ever been called a name that wasn’t yours? How about a name that was mean or degrading? It’s one thing to have a name misspelled, but a whole other thing to be called something that you aren’t. The dilemma with names is they are not ours to dish out.
Too many times I have been called names and let myself believe them to be true.
“Not good enough.”
You see, there is a problem with these names. These are not the names God has given us. When we start to believe the lies of the world, and the enemy, we will start to forget the names that the one who made us gave us. Instead of believing in what God calls you, you start to believe the lies of the enemy.
Think about it: when you get a new car, do you get to decide whether its called a Mercedes, or a Honda? I mean you can, but no one else will take you seriously.
Why? Because the manufacturer named it. Calling a Honda a Mercedes doesn’t actually change what it is, it just warps your mind.
Just like things humans name, we cannot take away the names God gave us, and switch them out with what the enemy wants to call us. When we tell ourselves we are unworthy, we are warping our minds to think about how the enemy thinks, not how God thinks. So let’s dive into what God calls you.
So what does God call you?
Forgiven – Psalm 103:13
“As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him;” Loved – 1 John 3:1
“See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.”
A friend – John 15:15
“I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.”
His Child – Galatians 4:7
“So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir.”
Valued – Matthew 10:31
“So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.”
Accepted – Romans 15:7
Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God. Beloved – John 14:18
“I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.”
Remember He made YOU, so just like a carmaker, or a painter, He gets to name YOU.
He doesn’t call you unworthy He doesn’t call you failed, He calls you accepted. He doesn’t call you His enemy, He calls you His friend.
Next time you find yourself thinking that you are anything but what God has called you to remind yourself that those thoughts are not of Him. They are coming straight from the devil himself.
Use the verses above to remind yourself of who you are and Who chose you – and stop renaming yourself. Always remember what God calls you.
Thoughts For The Day
How often do you fall into the trap of believing lies from the enemy?
Do you know what God calls you?
Write down the verses mentioned above and put them in places that will remind you who you are in Him.
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