“…I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and earth is named” (Ephesians 3:14-15)
It’s our number one identifier, how we introduce ourselves, the first thing we learned to spell, and what someone calls out to get our attention. Our name. There’s something deeply significant about our names that seem to be imbedded deep in our souls. It makes us feel good when someone remembers our name.
Mary came face to face with the risen Jesus outside the empty tomb and didn’t recognize him. But when he said her name something clicked and she responded, “Teacher!” In the book of Isaiah it says, “I have called you by name” and “see I have engraved your name on the palm of my hands.” In John 10:3 Jesus says the good shepherd calls His sheep by name and leads them out and later He says, “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” Isn’t it comforting to know the Savior of the World knows and calls us by our name?
The same can be said of our family names. No matter how dysfunctional and toxic the family has become, God always has a plan. This passage in Ephesians tells us every family in heaven and earth was given their name by Him. Not a single one, anywhere on the planet, has escaped His notice because it’s how He’s designed the world to function. He doesn’t just know our family’s name – He gave it to us. Jesus is the Name above all names, has adopted us and has called us to look for those who are lost and bring them home into His family.
Prayer: Jesus, Your Name is above every name. You have given every family a name and none escapes your notice. Help me to look for those that are hurting and lost today and invite them into Your family. Amen.