Welcomed by Name

Timothy Nelson

READ : Ephesians 2:19-22

So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are citizens with the saints and also members of the household of God. (v. 19 NRSV)

It’s easy to call people we don’t know something general like “hey you,” “man,” or even “friend.” While these impersonal greetings work for a while, they quickly become unacceptable once a real relationship develops. People feel known and welcomed when you address them by their name. Using someone’s name is a sign of love and hospitality.

We see this even more clearly as we walk through Scripture. From Genesis through Revelation we see the importance of a name. In Genesis the Lord gives names to both Adam and Eve. Later, God changes the names of both Abram and Sari—to Abraham and Sarah—signifying his promises to them. The name of Jesus is given great power in the Scriptures, and we are told that at its mention, “Every knee will bow and every tongue confess that Jesus is Lord!” At the end of time, when Christ returns to the earth to finally set all things right, he will find the names of his beloved people written in the book of life. It is a name that brings us into the household of God. In Isaiah 43:1 God says, “I have called you by name, you are mine.” So look for ways to use someone’s name today!

PRAYER

Lord, thank you for knowing us, forgiving us, and calling us into your grace by name, calling us beloved and special to you.