What’s Your Name?
Do you like your name?
Unless you want to pay a few hundred dollars to have it legally changed, it is what it is. You are kind of stuck with it. This may be why I see parents from time to time struggling with what to name their upcoming child. They want to give that child a name that they can, literally, live with.
God seems to care a lot about names.
John tells us in Revelation 13:8 that those of us who follow Christ have had our names written in the book of life since the foundation of the world. He cares about our names, doesn’t He?
I read recently in Isaiah 40 that He even names the stars. Everything has a name.
God is even in the name changing business.
He changed Abram’s name to Abraham. Which one do you think was in the book of life from the foundation of the world?
He changed Jacob’s name to Israel.
Christ changed Simon’s name to Peter.
Barnabas wasn’t even Barnabas’ given name. He was called by his characteristic, which was encouragement. How about that? How would you like to be such an encouragement in Christ that it becomes your name?
Basically it boils down to this. If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away. The new has come.
I think this includes our names.
Our names in Christ.
Have you ever thought that you might have another name that God has given you? One that you don’t know yet?