“Truly, truly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door but climbs in by another way, that man is a thief and a robber. But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. To him the gatekeeper opens. The sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes before them, and the sheep follows him, for they know his voice. — John 10:1-4
You know how it feels. Having your friends forget your name is one of the major offenses they could ever do to you. Or maybe if you admire someone who’s just introduced to you and then the next day forgets your name. We can’t blame them if they have so many people in their lives to memorize more names.
Having people forget your name could mean a lot. It could feel like you don’t mean anything to them. It could feel like there’s nothing unique or interesting about you that they could easily forget about you. But what is it in our names that means a lot to us?
When people call you by your name, you respond. There’s an interaction. It’s offending when people call us random names and we hate to respond to that. But you know what? There’s a God who knows us not just by our names but on who we really are.
God cares about how you live your life. He hears you when you cry. He knows your thoughts and your deepest secrets. He loves you so much that He gave His only Son for you. Even though He watches all the people around the world, you are still unique and special. God is interested in you that He always thinks about you. He knows you by your name.
When people forget your name, just tell this to yourself, “He Knows My Name.”
Reference: Our Daily Bread 15-Day Edition