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What’s in a name?

Posted: Monday, May 18

Pastor Shawn Follis // Student Pastor

Pastor Shawn Follis // Student Pastor

One Year Bible Reading Guide:

1 Samuel 22:1-23:29
John 10:1-21
Psalm 115:1-18
Proverbs 15:18-19 


Verse of the day:

“The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep recognize his voice and come to him. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.” (John 10:3 NLT)


Don’t you love it when someone uses your name? Aren’t you always amazed at those people that can meet someone just one time and they can remember their names? I wish remembering names was easier for me. I have to work really hard to remember people’s names. I come up with funny sayings, rhymes, anything really that help my mind trigger a name.


Our name gives us our identity, but it is so much more than that. When a stranger says your name it can feel foreign, unfamiliar. When a family member says your name it sends a wave of familiarity over you. If I ever hear someone call me by just my first and middle name I instantly can remember the smell of cinnamon Trident gum and old cigarettes, because the only person that called me that growing up was my aunt.


What does it feel like when God calls your name? What memories flood into your mind? Do you remember “that night”, “that place”, “those people”? Does it feel like summer camp, winter retreat, altar time on a Sunday night, or your private prayer room? Where does your Shepard meet with you? Do you know his voice?


He knows your name. Your Shepard, Jesus, knows your name and he will lead you. You may not be able to see him, but just listen for your voice and you will know the way to go. He is calling and he will lead you out.