He Knows Your Name
Updated: Apr 20
Monday - April 13th
Today's Scripture to Read: John 10:3-11
Tears flooded my eyes as they sang. Each teenager had a story. Many held no memories of their parents. Throughout their young lives, they had moved between the tiny shacks of various family members. At times, they had no idea where they would sleep at night. Life had forced some of them to be both mother and father to younger siblings just to survive. But the heart with which they sang, the hope that filled their eyes, and the confidence their song expressed in their God, moved me deeply.
This experience occurred during one of my first visits to God Cares School in Kampala, Uganda. God Cares was founded, and led at the time, by my dear friend Pastor Bethuel Dongo. He is now with the Lord. While I dearly miss Dongo, he taught me to see children in at-risk areas of the world through the eyes of Jesus. He shared so many stories with me regarding the complex, challenging, harsh, and at times dangerous backgrounds of his students. He introduced me to sweet children who carried their younger siblings on their backs out of love and protection.
The students singing that day were a part of a chapel service in which I was about to speak at God Cares High School. Knowing a bit about the heart-gripping stories of their young lives, their sweet singing of "He Knows My Name" moved me deeply. They sang with confidence the tender but powerful words of the song:
I have a Maker
He formed my heart
Before even time began
My life was in His hands
He knows my name
He knows my every thought
He sees each tear that falls
And He hears me when I call
You could see in their eyes and hear in their voices the hope they found in Jesus as they sang the critical line, "He knows my name."
One of my favorite moments in the first post-resurrection appearance of Christ to His followers happened just outside the tomb. In John chapter 20, we read that Mary Magdalene does not recognize the Risen Jesus until He says one word. Perhaps the only word that would grab her attention and cause her heart to leap. The one word was her name, "Mary." She sees Him. She discovers hope in Him like no other hope she had experienced ever before. He knew her name.
In John 10, Jesus said He is the Good Shepherd who knows us, His sheep, by name. As a follower of Jesus Christ, Jesus knows your name. Your Maker knows you well. He knows your thoughts. He knows YOU!
The hope I saw in the eyes of those young students in Uganda as they sang will never leave me. They believed it. They found their confidence in its truth. Imagine kids who were often overlooked and forgotten, kids feeling like no one notices them finding hope in Jesus simply knowing their names. Guess what? He knows your name too. He will never forget it. And like Mary, when you need it most, you will hear His sweet whisper of hope as He says your name.
The Risen Christ knows your name today, and will never forget it even if everyone else does!