My daughter Aniston just turned 3.
Give me a minute.
I always have to let that sink in when I say it, because it seems like yesterday I was cleaning up her spit-up and swaddling here like a burrito.
Well BG did turn three and it was an awesome day/week/month of celebrating for her. I realize I’m biased, but we think she is really smart. By the time she was 2 she knew her colors, shapes, and could count to 10 (sometimes 12 if the staircase was long enough). She also knows her full name and even the day and month of her birthday!
In classic BG fashion she has her own twist on it though. When asking people about their birthday instead of asking them “When is your birthday?” she will ask “What’s your birthday name?”
It melts my heart every time.
This got me to thinking though about another “birthday name”. Our spiritual one.
Do you know the date when you accepted Christ as your Lord and Savior?
I’m not talking about your feelings of “I know I’m good with God” or “I know where I stand”. I’m talking about the day that you know without a doubt that you locked it down. The day the weight of your sin, the gap it caused between you and God, the sacrifice Jesus made on the cross, and the gift of grace He offers hit you right between the eyes and you accepted Him as your Lord and savior.
Do you know when THAT day is?
For me it was Sunday November 24,1996 at First Christian Church in Rapid City, South Dakota. It was at the end of the 11:00 AM service when the invitation was given that I walked forward, talked with an elder named Larry Stevens, and was baptized that day. That was my “birthday name” and I’ve never been the same since.
Why is this important?
Well let me risk asking too many questions and ask you a few more.
- What year did you graduate high school?
- When did you get married?
- When were your children born?
- When did the White Sox last win the World Series?
Let’s be honest. You didn’t have to grab your planners to think about those dates. You know them without thinking.
Because they mean something to you…because they impacted you…because they changed your life.
Let me press down a little harder.
How much more important is your eternal salvation than your High School graduation?
I make a big deal about this because it IS a big deal. I want you to KNOW what that date is not so you can get a tattoo on your arm to remember, but so that you are sure your soul is tattooed with the name of Jesus for eternity.
So if you don’t know your spiritual “birthday name” and you want to know without a shadow of a doubt then follow what the Apostle Paul says.
“That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.” – Romans 9:9-10
To make the decision to follow Jesus say these words out loud.
“I am a sinner, separated from God, and I know that Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection is the only answer for that separation. I accept him as my Lord and Savior, receive his free gift of Grace, and commit to follow him the rest of my life.”
One last thing.
Look at the calendar.
Congratulations…you now know your Birthday Name.
See ya in heaven.