There is something deliciously intimate in our relationship with God. Cast off the harsh picture of judgement and punishment. That does not belong to those who walk in the kingdom, who are called by His name. To us it is given to know His heart and feel the pulse of His love for us.
To him who overcomes I will give some of the hidden manna to eat. And I will give him a white stone, and on the stone a new name written which no one knows except him who receives it. (Rev 2:17) What makes this so exciting is that only God can see into your very soul and know your secret hopes and dreams. Very often, He’s the one who put them there in the first place, so when He sees you cherish them, He is pleased.
He is giving us a new name that only He knows, because only He can see and understand our deep longing and desires. He sees what no one else can. He’s giving us a name that speaks to the depth of who we are. It is His private love note to us, a message that we will understand instantly.
When you walk in this kingdom, overcoming is a blessing, because it keeps us exactly in that place of presence and love for eternity.