What’s In A Name?

What is a good name? (Proverbs 22:1) Do people recognize my name when they hear it? What thoughts come to their minds about me? Are they positive or negative? When I think of Noah (Genesis 6), Job (Job 1), and Cornelius (Acts 10), the thing they have in common is an excellent reputation.

Does my name have a meaning? Think about Isaac. How did he get his name? In many cultures names are given to reflect or imbue great meaning and significance. Christopher means the Christ bearer (No pressure!). What does that mean to me? Guess What? You have the same name! The disciples were called Christians first at Antioch in Acts 11:26.

Sometimes it is very difficult to bear that name (1 Peter 4:14-19). Ask yourself if it is worth going through difficult challenges here on earth in order to be glorified tremendously in the day to come. Entrust your soul to the faithful creator by doing what is right no matter what the cost.

The question we need to ask is: can Jesus put his signature on everything I do? (Colossians 3:17) When I send requests up to the “main office” Jesus gets to decide whether he’s going to sign His name or not. Nothing will slip by him; he disapproves of many things that our sinful minds want to do. He can have nothing to do with sin; His name must not be tainted. As one who bears the name of Christ, I cannot ruin his good name with sinful words or actions.

What kind of power does the name of Christ have? (Philippians 2:9-10) I could invoke a different name and see how far it will take me? (Acts 4:8-12) Even our repentance and baptism are commitments we make in the name of Jesus Christ (Acts 2:38).

What would Christ put his signature on? All other things we might want to do could very well give him a bad reputation. How valuable is his name to us? Are we willing to suffer for it? Are you and I attempting to find salvation in any name other than Jesus Christ?


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