Digby Wilkinson, Vicar of Tawa offers a very helpful message in the video below as he reminds us that God calls us by name and that makes a difference in how we respond thereafter. Like the potato digger's daughter (*see video message) who responded differently after she was told who she really is, we too are changed when we get it that God cares and loves us enough to call us by name.
Interestingly the Gospel reading on the Sunday when we heard and viewed this video, tells us how Jesus responded when he was called by name (Messiah) by Peter for the first time - see Mark 8: 29
29 He asked them, ‘But who do you say that I am?’ Peter answered him, ‘You are the Messiah.’
Jesus took that recognition as the right time to start talking about his journey to the cross and resurrection,
31 Then he began to teach them that the Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. 32 He said all this quite openly.
It seems that Jesus could only begin talking like this and more fully enter into His mission because he had been recognised by one of His disciples and called by name. Jesus like us was human and here He models the very point that Reverend Digby makes in his second Lenten sermon.
What a wonderful thought; that when we realise that we are called by name, by God, we too are empowered to walk by the Spirit and enter more fully into our ministry, which is Jesus ministry!