John was standing with two of his disciples, and as he watched Jesus walk by, he said, “Behold, the Lamb of God.” The two disciples heard what he said and followed Jesus. Jesus turned and saw them following him and said to them, “What are you looking for?” They said to him, “Rabbi” — which translated means Teacher —, “where are you staying?” He said to them, “Come, and you will see.” So they went and saw where Jesus was staying, and they stayed with him that day. It was about four in the afternoon. Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter, was one of the two who heard John and followed Jesus. He first found his own brother Simon and told him, “We have found the Messiah” — which is translated Christ —. Then he brought him to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, “You are Simon the son of John; you will be called Cephas” — which is translated Peter.
Most of us have many different names and things that we are called in this life. We, of course, have our formal names given to us at birth by others. We are often called Family names like brother, sister, son, daughter, cousin, aunt, uncle, grandmother, grandfather, mother, father, etc. We are sometimes called by our Trade names like plumber, realtor, contractor, accountant, teacher, Pastor, etc. We are sometimes called by our Relationship names like friend, colleague, neighbor, member, etc. You get that point… There are all kinds of names that we will get called in this life, but, a funny thing could happen to us when we finally arrive Home in Heaven. Jesus, like He did with St. Peter (and countless others), might just decide to change our names when He greets us on the Other Side. It’s amazing to think that not only will we getting new bodies in Heaven, but we might also be getting new names!? And, like with St. Peter (whose name also means ‘the rock’), our names in Heaven will have lots of meanings. So, we should all look forward to what lies ahead and not be too concerned about what lies behind. By keeping our focus on Him and eventually arriving Home one day, our actions in this life will follow that ‘focus’ and allow us to live the lives that He had planned for us before we were ever formed in a womb.