Devotions By Jan

Dog Tags

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16c3ebe7-1b59-4d6a-a4f9-ce1b0c9915a3Scripture for Today: Revelation 3:12  “The one who is victorious I will make a pillar in the temple of my God.  Never again will they leave it.  I will write on them the name of My God and the name of the city of My God, the new Jerusalem……and I will also write on them My new name.”

Today marks the 70th anniversary of D-Day.  On this day, roughly 160,000 Allied soldiers landed on the Normandy beaches of France in 1944.  The cost in loss of life was high, but the stakes were high as well.  This important day marked the beginning of the end of German occupation in France.

The sandy beaches of the region sometimes turn up the dog tags worn by fallen soldiers.  Touching stories relate the return of some of them to veterans and their families.  These dog tags are more than just an heirloom or a piece of war memorabilia.  They are a piece of family history giving new insights into the past.  On that tag was marked the name, the military identification number, the blood type, and the religion of the soldier.

Our verse for today teaches that one day, believers will be “wearing” three names that will identify us.  The meaning here seems to be symbolic.  Those who are victorious and enduring to the very end will bear three names.  The name of God will show that we belong to Him forever.  The name of God’s city will show that we are citizens.  And His own new name will indicate our special relationship with Christ.

How reassuring to know that we will remain in His presence forever!  There is no way to misplace this “tag” and be lost.  Thank you Lord, for loving me enough to identify me as Your very own for all eternity!

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