I have been camping in and foraging through the Book of Revelation for the past 3 weeks. I am not sure why my spirit is so drawn to that particular book these days, but I must wonder if the Lord’s return could be soon?
Revelation 2:1-17 was written to the church at Pergamum which was the victim of a particular heresy marked by 3 things–idolatry, immorality, and infidelity. The overcomer in the church kept himself from all three, and his reward is proportionate with his conduct and purity in the face of this heresy.
One of the rewards for faithfulness until Jesus comes is “…I will give each one a white stone, and on the stone will be engraved a new name that no one understands except the one who receives it.” (Rev. 2:17) I believe this name will reflect the way we have been in secret, when no one is watching. It will reflect the intimacy (or the lack of it) with Jesus in our thought life and in our alone moments. This name will be indicative of what only Jesus could know about us.
What will the Lover of our Souls’ pet name be for you on that day? What will His secret name for you reveal about you? What will be written on the white stone engraved specifically for you?
We should carefully guard our heart and our thought life as the day of the Lord’s return hastens.
2 Cor. 10:5–casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ,
1 Peter 3:15–But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts...
2 Tim. 2:22–but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart
I don’t want my name to be one that might indicate the Lord Jesus saw more hypocrisy than truth living and dwelling in me when no one else was able to observe me.
I am looking forward to receiving my new name–how about you?