I love presents. They are so fun to get. All wrapped up in pretty paper, a nice little bow and a surprise inside. I don’t really even care what is inside the pretty present, it could be a note or a million bucks…it doesn’t matter. A present says, I was thinking about you, you are special to me, I want to honor you. It is always a happy thing. No one ever gives a gift or a present that is icky…or atleast they shouldn’t. I guess I remember those gifts my parents would receive growing up that would always end up in the bathroom or the closet. Ya know the, ‘this is so ugly what do we do with it present.’ But even then the present itself was full of excitement, it meant something, it brought joy.
God has so many gifts for you, it is crazy. I could spend a lifetime writing about the gifts he has for you. Blessings, Spiritual Gifts, etc. But I just read about one that I was so excited about! It will be a gift to the Church in Thyatira. I have no idea where that church is, or really much about the symbolism in the book of Revelation but I am going to ask God if He’d give me this gift.
Revelation 2:17b I will also give him(he who overcomes) a white stone with a new name written on it, known only to him who receives it.
I don’t know what the white stones are or what the names will be but one commentary I read says they could be symbols of the believer’s eternal nourishment or eternal life. The stones are significant because each will bear the new name of every person who truly believes in Christ. The name will represent his or her character. God will give a new name and a new heart!
Isn’t that cool?! A new name on a white stone! What do you think your name would be? Or what would you want your name to be?
God, I pray you would bestow on me a new name and create in me a new heart, one that is pleasing to you and a name that says who I am to be!
A new name… on a white stone. Sounds pretty awsome.
On not quite such a deep level, Proverbs 17:8ish (the Message) says-
Receiving a gift is like getting a rare gemstone; any way you look at it, you see beauty refracted.
Not sure of my point. Just sharing what’s in my Bible:)