Our office has a tradition that I began six years ago. When an employee is hired, there is a mandatory three month probation period. There are specific tasks that must be learned and mastered by each employee. But just as important, it is a time that I and the rest of the staff decide whether the new employee is a team player and a good fit for the company. Thankfully, every employee has successfully passed the three month period. As a sign that the employee is officially vested, I present them with a nameplate. The first line has their full name and the second line sports a nickname or character trait that best describes them. Some of the more colorful titles and names have included, “The Salsa Mama” and “A Dog’s Best Friend.” When I introduce my employees to visitors, I always make sure I include their new name that I have given them. It is a sign they are an important member of our company family.
He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who conquers I will give some of the hidden manna, and I will give him a white stone, with a new name written on the stone that no one knows except the one who receives it.
Revelation 2:17 (ESV)
Our office nameplate gives each employee a name and title, known to everyone. Someday, Jesus will give every believer in Him a new name. And unlike my company, it is a name that only He will know. He will call us out to be with Him because our salvation and eternal rest in Him is eternally secure.
My company will someday fade away. But Praise God, that the promises of Jesus Christ and His new name for us are eternal for all who call upon Him as Lord and Savior!
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.