"Simon, you are now called Peter."
"Saul, you are now called Paul."
"Jacob, you are now called Israel."
How are you at remembering names?
How long does it take for you to remember someone's name?
Some of us write it off and say, "I am not good with names."
What if Jesus said that about you? What if Jesus said to you after you prayed, "What is your name again?"
Jesus knew everyone's name. Jesus records every name in the eternal books.
"Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb's book of life." Rev 21:27
"Anyone whose name was not found written in the book of life was thrown into the lake of fire." Rev 20:15
When we enter Heaven, Jesus will give us a new name on a white stone. "I will also give that person a white stone with a new name written on it, known only to the one who receives it." Rev 2:17
Every person you meet is created by God and Jesus lived and died for. Do you think they are valuable enough for us to stop and value them by getting to know their name?
Every person you meet and encounter is orchestrated by God's sovereign love for reasons God knows.
The value of knowing someone's name...
It is a skill that is learned. It takes practice, rehearsing and plan old hard work.
Can you join Jesus in that every time you meet someone, you realize that that moment is the most important moment. You have an opportunity to meet a treasured child of God whom Jesus wants you to meet. How can you remember their name?
Maybe you can ask the person's name, its spelling and even definition.
Maybe you can try and associate that name with the person somehow.
Maybe you need to introduce that person to someone else by name.
Whatever you need to do to learn a name, you will pour Jesus' love into them.
Can we make an agreement at Southtown Baptist Church?
As soon as the worship service is over can we make a 10 Minute Greet and Meet Time with people we do not know yet?
If someone you know from church comes and talks with you after the worship service, you can remind them of the 10 Minute Greet and Meet Time by saying, "I want to talk with you after the 10 Minute Meet and Greet Time." Then go and find someone you do not know or you do not know very well.
Sound like a great agreement?
How much will the love factor of our church go up if everyone agreed to this?
Seeking to creating a Loving Attractive Community called Southtown Baptist Church,