What’s Your Name?

Let us consider what a name is. It is the grouping of several letters of an alphabet, or other symbols, which represent the identification of a person or an object.

In our North American culture we find ourselves naming our children with names that appeal to our ear. We sound them out and try out the rhythm to see if they fit. Sometimes we name our children after a family relative to honor them, sometimes we reject a name simply because we once knew someone we didn’t like by that name.

But in the Old and New Testaments we encounter a very different culture. The culture of the Jews was such that names were of incredible importance. A name carried more than your identity, it said something about who you were, or what your God was like, or how you were expected to live. Names were not always given to a child at birth, in fact it was not entirely unusual for a child to go for many years without a permanent name.


Proverbs 2:1 A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold.

Names are important to us, to those around us and to God. Our names tell something about our character, it has a testimony all in itself.

What is your name saying about you? Does it tell of a person who lives a lie? Does it tell of a person who once had a life with God but has  slacked off and fallen away a little?

What’s your name today?
Is it Anger? It can be peace
Is it hate? It can be love.
Is it pain? It can be delight.
Is it Disobedience? It can be Happy to serve.
Is it Ought against my neighbor? It can be Love for one another?
Is it Deceiver? It can be Prince with God.

Whatever you name is it can be changed to Child of God.
Names are important.
What’s your name?



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