When He Calls Your Name

Jesus called in a loud voice,
“Lazarus, come out!”
     —John 11:43

Edith’s life was a mess. One Sunday, she walked into a nearby church. The minister’s text was Luke 15:2—“This man receiveth sinners, and eateth with them.”

What Edith heard was this: “This man receiveth sinners, and Edith with them.” She’s been quoting it that way ever since.

Dale Carnegie said, “A person’s name is to that person, the sweetest and most important sound in any language.”

Lazarus was dead. But he hadn’t lost his identity—he was still Lazarus. When Jesus showed up in Bethany for the funeral, he fronted the tomb and said, “Lazarus, come out!”

A day is coming “when all who are in their graves will hear his voice and come out” (Jn 5:28–29). What will that voice say? In your case, it will be your name: “________­______, come out!”

The minister’s eulogy won’t be
the last word at your grave.

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