In the book of Revelation, in its unique symbolic language, Jesus says this: “I will give a white stone with a new name written on it…” Revelation 2:17
In the ancient world, jurors at a trial would vote with stones: black for guilty, white for innocent.
Jesus says that when we stand before God we will be declared innocent. Not because we are innocent, but because we will be tried under a different name, a name with no record attached to it.
We will be given a white stone, with a new name on it. All our failings, all our crimes against God, will be lost forever, recorded against the old name.
Our record will be clean.
When you declare Jesus your Savior, when you choose to follow him, (not perfectly, but you choose his will over yours), then he will change your name.
He will change your name from Futureless and Hopeless to PURPOSE and HOPE.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11
He will change your name from Fatherless and Lonely and Abandoned and Joyless to ADOPTED and LOVED and FOUND and JOYFUL.
“Father to the fatherless, defender of widows–this is God, whose dwelling is holy. God places the lonely in families; he sets the prisoners free and gives them joy.” Psalm 68:5-6
He will change your name from Overwhelmed by troubles to OVERCOMER and SAVED ONE.
“Though I am surrounded by troubles, you will protect me from the anger of my enemies. You reach out your hand, and the power of your right hand saves me.” Psalm 138:7
He will change your name from Accident to INTENTIONALLY MADE!
“You are the one who put me together inside my mother’s body, and I praise you because of the wonderful way you created me…Everything you do is marvelous! With your own eyes you saw my body being formed. Even before I was born, you had written in your book everything I would do.” Psalm 139
Because of Grace, He sees your value not in what you look like or perform like, but because you are wonderfully made by him to be his son or daughter. So your name is not Slave, but CHILD and no matter how crumpled up or run over you might feel, you are INFINITELY VALUABLE.
“…you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, “Abba, Father.” For his Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we are God’s children.” Romans 8:15-16
Because of Grace, He sees us as we will become and not as we are, so our name is not STRUGGLING SINNER, but REDEEMED SAINT.
“This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!” 2 Corinthians 5:17
If we believe we are an accident, then we will behave accidentally.
If we believe we are intentional, then we will behave intentionally.
If we believe we have no value, then we will have no values.
If we believe we are invaluable, then we will treat ourselves and others with high value.
If we believe it is too late, then we will give up.
If we believe it’s a new day, then we will get up.
If we believe some matter and some don’t, then we will spend our lives in feudal attempts to be recognized.
If we believe that we all matter, then we will spend our lives in purposeful attempts to help others be recognized.
If we believe that we’ve been dealt the hand we’ve been given, then life will be empty and out of the grasp of heaven.
If we believe in redemption, and the hand of forgiveness, then we will overcome death, and on that day, we will be given a white stone with a new name.
God is a game-changer, where relationship trumps religion.
God is a shame-changer, where forgiveness trumps condemnation
God is a blame-changer, where the shepherds voice trumps the accuser
God is a fame-changer, where His glory trumps my pride.
God is a name-changer, where His future for me trumps my past.
“I will give a white stone with a new name written on it…” Revelation 2:17