Names have always intrigued me. I’m intrigued at how a name can adequately encompass a person and how there are names that do not fit that person.
Take myself for instance, my name is Kaitlin. Kaitlin fits me quite nicely. Kaity does not. I am not a Kaity. I have no ill will towards anyone with the name of Kaity or towards the name itself, I just am not that name.
If you look in the bible, you would see that names were important to them. For their name didn’t just identify them as different than another but instead it was their name that gave them their very identity. And throughout the story that unfolds from the bible we find that God often changes a name to signify a change of identity, a change of character.
A few examples:
Abram: high father -> Abraham: father of many
Sarai: my princess -> Sarah: mother of nations
Jacob: heel grasp-er, usurper -> Israel: he struggles with God
Simon: God has heard -> Peter: rock
Names, they are important. And so, I bring you back to my name. Kaitlin, it comes from the English word Kathryn, which comes from the Greek word Katharos.
katharós (a primitive word) – properly, “without admixture”; what is separated (purged), hence “clean” (pure) because unmixed(without undesirable elements); (figuratively) spiritually clean because purged (purified by God), i.e. free from the contaminating (soiling) influences of sin.
Matthew 5:8 “Blessed are the pure of heart for they shall see the Lord.”
For my whole life I have held onto this verse, held onto the idea that this was who I was destined to be. My identity was to be pure of heart for then and only then would I receive what my heart desired, to see the Lord. I have always looked at this verse as something to be attained, that if I try hard enough, if I keep myself pure, if I do all that I should be doing, then and only then could this verse truly be my identity.
Then last week God spoke to me something that changed the way I see my name and myself; He spoke to me truth. “Purity of heart” is not something to be attained in the future but instead is the identity that God has already given to me. God sees me as pure of heart, it is not something I must “make happen” but instead in my passionate love of Him it is found.
And seeing God? The thing that I desire above all others? Well He showed me that I already see Him. I see Him daily in the scriptures. I see Him daily in divine encounters. I see Him daily as my needs and desires are met. I see Him daily in my relationships. I see Him daily as seasons change. I see Him daily.
Being Katharos, being Kaitlin, it isn’t a thing to be attained but instead is the identity of who God already sees me to be.
Who does God already see you to be?