What would you like to be called? We all have a given name and perhaps a professional title, but there are other options. A childhood nickname? Perhaps. But some names are reserved for special relationships. Appellations of endearment. Pet names.
A name gives more than identity. It can give meaning and purpose to life. It can indicate ownership. It can elevate -- or demean. Name-calling is considered a despicable practice.
When we come to the Bible, we see an array of names that God bestows on those close to His heart: Child of God. Righteous one. Beloved. Chosen one.
Jesus affirmed His relationship with His disciples when He told them:
“I do not call you servants any longer, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you [My] friends, because I have revealed to you everything that I have heard from My Father.” (John 15:15, Amplified Bible)
It means something to be on a first-name basis with God. He speaks to us in intimate terms. He delights to spend time with us. He opens His heart to us -- and invites us to do the same in return. This is love.
I will seek -- and cherish -- a true friendship with God.