By Paul Leavens
I have been called by many names. When my mother was upset with me she would call me Paul Harrison. I have been called dad, grandpa, PaPa, father, brother, best friend, dear cousin. And a craftsman. Because I like to make things out of wood.
Preacher, pastor, minister and Rev. Also I been called stupid. In high school I was called bonze by my friends. Because I was tall and thin.
All of us have names we’re called in addition to the ones on our birth certificates. But God calls each of His sons and daughters by different names.
We might call ourselves stupid, but God calls us brilliant. “For, ‘Who has known the mind of the Lord so ‘as to instruct him?’ But we have the mind of Christ” (1 Cor. 2:16).
We call ourselves sinners, but God calls us forgiven. “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9).
We call ourselves slaves, but God calls us free. “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery” (Gal. 5:1).
We call ourselves worthless, but God calls us His treasure. “Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God. Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows” (Luke 12:6-7).
We call ourselves unlovable, but God calls us loved. “I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge-that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God” (Eph. 3:17-19).
We call ourselves cowardly, but God calls us courageous. “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind” (2 Tim. 1:7 NKJV).
- What name best describes you?
- Is there a name someone has given you that isn’t accurate in God’s eyes?
- What can you do to see yourself as God sees you?
Dr. Paul Leavens is minister of the Christian Church in Lindsay, 120 N. Frazier Ave. To contact him, call 559-562-3743 or visit www.lindsaychristianchurch.org.
This column is not a news article but the opinion of the writer and does not reflect the views of The Foothills Sun-Gazette newspaper.