THURSDAY, JUNE 20, 2013
|Then I saw the Lamb standing on Mount Zion, and with him were 144,000 who had his name and his Father’s name written on their foreheads.|
My mother, who was married and divorced seven times, allowed me to choose my last name.
“Pick your name,” she said to me one day. “Who do you want to be?”
I thought about it for a while, and then I chose the name Laurie. It belonged to Oscar Felix Laurie, one of the men whom my mom had married. He was the only father who treated me like a father ought to treat a son. Although he was not my biological father, in every way he behaved like a father toward me, and I loved him and respected him. So I chose his name because it was the name above all the other names.
Revelation 14:1 speaks of believers during the Tribulation who have the mark of God the Father and not the Antichrist: “Then I looked, and behold, a Lamb standing on Mount Zion, and with Him one hundred and forty-four thousand, having His Father’s name written on their foreheads.”
The Lamb is Jesus, and His Father’s name is written on the believers’ foreheads.
Philippians 2:9–10 tells us, “Therefore, God elevated [Jesus] to the place of highest honor and gave him the name above all other names, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth. . . .”
Just as I was able to choose who my father was by taking his name, you, too, can choose your father: You can be of your father the devil (see John 8:44), or you can be a worshipper of your heavenly Father.
If you are smart, you will choose the name above all names, the Lord Jesus Christ. That is what these believers in Revelation 14 have done. And that is what we ought to do as well.
Used by permission from Harvest Ministries with Greg Laurie, PO Box 4000, Riverside, CA 92514.