What is our true name?
(Called and identified by name)
The human being is single, unique, and unrepeatable, someone thought of and chosen from eternity, someone called and identified by name.—John Paul11
In the Christian faith, what is taught, is that each human being is made in the image and likeness of God. Not totally corrupt, but a creature that seeks the good. There is the ‘GOOD’, and again, ‘the good’. What we love is what will fill us, envelope us, leading us deeper into the love of God, or into loving something other. Power for instance, or a career, or tragically, some form of addiction that leaves the partaker empty. When we love the GOOD, all other goods naturally fall into their rightful place.
How we treat others is an indicator of the state of our souls. To hate another, understandable as it is, rebounds on the one who hates. We are each called by name, a name that only God knows, which points to the uniqueness of each human being. We do not yet know our true names, but one day we will. We will know ourselves as we are known by God. The apostle John wrote: “Beloved, now we are the children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is” (1 John 3:2)
Jesus so identifies with us, each of us, no matter who we are, or what we believe, that whatever is done to us, is done to him. A tree is judged by its fruit as Jesus said, so a good tree will not bear bad fruit, nor will a bad tree bear good fruit.
Perhaps the biggest sin of Christians is a failure to grow in this reality of ‘God with us’. I fall 7 times a day (Proverbs 24:6a), most of those failures are my becoming forgetful of who all those I meet truly are in God’s eyes.—Br.MD