A New Name

Jesus looked at him, and said, . . . “You will be called Cephas” (which, when translated, is Peter). John 1:42

What’s in a Name?
I had a teacher when I was 10 years old who called me a “born artist.” 
I still feel the impact of his words now, all these years later and they still have the power to make me feel ten feet tall. 
I was only a child, I hadn’t yet painted or made anything of much significance, but my teacher saw potential in me that no one else had seen and his words made me feel validated, noticed and appreciated. I wanted to become what he had called me (and eventually I did, but that’s for another blog post!)

I wonder if, in a much bigger way, was this how Simon felt when Jesus called Him by his new name? 

A New Name
Jesus looked right into Simon’s soul and guess what? He didn’t recoil from Simon when He saw his impetuous nature that seems to have got him into trouble so often. He didn’t focus on his failures; Jesus saw and validated something deeply true about Simon that Simon himself hadn’t recognised, and Jesus spoke that over Simon, giving him his true name – Cephas – Aramaic for Peter- meaning “a rock”. 

Simon wasn’t living as that person yet. But Jesus knew his true potential.  

( see also: Matthew 16:18 )

Your New Name 
In the same way, Jesus looks at you with those eyes of fire and sees right inside you, deep inside your soul, where no one else sees. Yes, He knows all your flaws, weaknesses and failures; all your deepest secrets, and guess what? He doesn’t recoil from you. Jesus sees past those things you feel you need to keep hidden to who you truly are, in Him.

These are just some of the things you are called by the One who created you and loves you more than you will ever understand:

Forgiven: Colossians 2:13

Justified and Reconciled Romans 5:9-10

Royal, Holy, His own Possession:  2 Peter 2:9

Chosen, Holy, Beloved:  Colossians 3:12

Chosen and Faithful: Revelation 17:14

He spoke everything that lives into being – surely it’s what He says about you that matters! Let His words about you define you today, and every day.

Jill 💜

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  1. Wonderful post, Jill. It reminded me of a hymn that I sang in my childhood church, “There’s a new name written down in heaven, and it’s mine, oh yes it’s mine!.” Isn’t it wonderful that the Lord loves us so much that He gives us a new name, one that fits us in His kingdom and it is one that we won’t know until we see Him face to face. Blessings to you today.

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    1. Yes Linda! I don’t know that hymn, but in my Bible reading recently I’ve been looking at this very subject (blog posts to follow, though I’m sure it’s a widely covered subject! 😊) 💕


  2. Hey Jill! Adam here from Live Real Blog, This was so good, a beautiful and important reminder that God sees us for not just who we are but who we can be.
    I struggled back over the last 5 years with identity and felt hopeless, forgotten and fearful, and had a lot of junk in my life and I thought if I could just rid of my name and change it to something else, life would be better, the sins of my past would be over and forgotten, and I almost did change my name, but since last year there was a change.
    God reminded me that He loved me and saw me for who I could be, and reminded me that when I opened my heart and life to Him, my new name had already been given to me. Though I may not be that person yet, cause it doesn’t happen overnight, but by God’s strength and grace, I will become that person that He has called me to be. So thank you so much Jill for your post, your posts are so inspiring, they blessed me today. Keep it up!

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    1. Thank you Adam, for your kind words of encouragement and for sharing your experience. It’s no small thing to put your heart out there for everyone to look into, and you sharing your past experience will help and encourage someone struggling with similar issues to those that you went through. We all grow together, as the body of Christ 😊


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