Have you been named?
I’m not referring to your birth name, but to other names.
You know, the name(s) people gave you that secretly stuck with you over the years.
“Lazy,” “ugly,” “stupid.” You know yours.
But who gave you this name?
A parent, sibling or relative? Maybe a classmate? Or even a teacher?
Thinking about those days and the damage done by those names can be painful.
Did you know that the only person who has the authority to NAME you is the One Who CREATED you?
It’s true. Think about it.
God created you and has sole authority to name you.
One of the names He has given you is Beloved.
As His child, you are Beloved. His very own Beloved.
You are beautiful for Him to behold.
…But how can that be, you may ask, with all of my issues?
Because through His new birth He has placed you in to Christ. And Christ is in God.
Consider releasing the names that people gave you. Those people and those names have no authority over you. None at all.
Consider receiving the names that God has for you. Beloved is the first. His names for you have full and complete authority over you.
You can honestly say to yourself, “I am God’s Beloved.”
Song of Solomon 2:16
My beloved is mine and I am his!
Let me [as God’s representative] sing of and for my greatly Beloved [God, the Son] a tender song of my Beloved concerning His vineyard [His chosen people]. My greatly Beloved had a vineyard on a very fruitful hill.
But now [in spite of past judgments for Israel’s sins], thus says the Lord, He Who created you, O Jacob, and He Who formed you, O Israel: Fear not, for I have redeemed you [ransomed you by paying a price instead of leaving you captives]; I have called you by your name; you are Mine.
For the sake of Jacob My servant, and of Israel My chosen, I have called you by your name. I have surnamed you, though you have not known Me.
For the Lord has called you like a woman forsaken, grieved in spirit, and heartsore—even a wife [wooed and won] in youth, when she is [later] refused and scorned, says your God.
And there came a voice out from within heaven, You are My Beloved Son; in You I am well pleased.