John 1:12-13: “Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.”

If your name was “Carter” and I stepped up to you saying: “I believe in your name, Carter”, then it would sound a little odd to you, wouldn’t it? In order to show you my support I would probably rather say: “I believe in you, Carter!”

The name of God is simply of a different caliber. As a general observation, we don’t use our names the way God is using His. While our human names won’t necessarily reveal our character, God’s name reflects exactly who He is. The fun part about God’s name, however, is His vagueness. In the Old Testament God introduced His name to Moses saying (Exodus 3:14):

“And God said to Moses, I Am Who I Am and What I Am, and I Will Be What I Will Be;”

God’s name is an open invitation to get to know Him. Receiving Him seals the deal that we believe in His name. And believing in His name means we believe in Him. We believe that He indeed is who He is, has been and will be.

God is always on the move. To get to know Him we need to follow Him. What we’ve learned about Him yesterday is not enough. All of eternity is dedicated to find out more about our Creator. His name is so big, and it grows bigger every day because God is great.

His name will start to grow on us as we begin to have our personal experiences with the Almighty. “I Am” will become a very meaningful name to us, and we are going to love this Name like no other. The very name we love ends up being our family name as we are adopted into His family and become children of God.

God is who He is, and children of God are who they are: a secret and a mystery to behold – visibly rooted on Earth and invisibly connected forever to the Kingdom Heaven.

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