By: LeeAnn Witzigman
“And you will be given a new name by the Lord’s own mouth. The Lord will hold you in His hand for all to see – a splendid crown in the hand of God.” Isaiah 62:2-3
This verse made me drop to my knees and rebuke every name that’s ever been attached to me by my own acceptance or without my consent. As I was peeling off the words from my heart and tossing them into the fire, I was surprised at some of the names that were tucked away. It wasn’t just a word, but a wound. And often times, what seemed like a label was really a lie. And truth be told, the most difficult ones to detach were the titles located in hard to reach places and others that were slippery with pride. How effortless it’s been to live all these years and hoard the world’s trash inside the most sacred part of me. But, no longer will the weight of humanity’s unkind speech sink my heart or pollute my soul.
I began reading about some of the people who underwent a name change in the Bible and their stories fascinated me. They woke up one day as the same person they had always been and by nightfall they were not only renamed, but God had rerouted them deeper into the Kingdom. Isn’t it just like Him to change the very word with which we identify most … even if we don’t completely understand who that person truly is on every level? Those documented scriptural accounts created such a hunger inside my heart that I was compelled to ask God for a new name. And a few days later the words “Your name is Love” were whispered into my heart and the atmosphere of my life changed in a blissful instant. Heaven’s arrow pierced through the pain of my crippled worldly identity and set my feet firmly on the palm of God’s hand and in the center of His adoring eye.
I believe the name Love is not just for me, but for every daughter of the King. Being made in God’s own image already grants us heavenly permission to embody His infinite acts of love. The power of Love makes the entire world tremble and radically transforms death into life. If we are called Love, we carry the perfume of compassion into every place we enter. Love stands last in line. Love plants seeds of hope in every desert and quenches the thirsty landscape with the flowing inner river of God’s living water. Love beholds visions and cries for dry bones to come to life. Love lives on Heaven’s timeline and surrenders all for God’s will. Love is who we really are and the reason we are here now. There are no words that rival the identity God has designed for you and I. And honestly, anything that doesn’t come from His hand steals the crown from its rightful place on our heads.
Your name is Love and God has created a view just for you – an awe-inspiring glimpse into the beauty of eternity.
Proverbs 22:1 A good name is to be more desired than great wealth. Favor is better than silver and gold.
Revelation 2:17 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, to him I will give some of the hidden manna, and I will give him a white stone, and a new name written on the stone which no one knows but he who receives it.
1 Corinthians 16:14 Let all that you do be done in love.