Isn’t it fun (and a little nerve-wracking) picking out the names of children? Names that have a meaning. Names that sound good with their last name. Maybe even a sentimental name or a name handed down from generation to generation. It is fun because it doesn’t happen every day. Nerve-wracking because that child is pretty much stuck with that name for their whole life.
Proverbs 22:1 - A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold.
Another thought is the idea of A GOOD NAME. God puts an incredible amount of emphasis on this. God says “a good name” is worth more than incredible wealth. Success is what we all strive for. But this is a serious point of difference between God and the world. In business, it is about making money. With God, it is about having and keeping a good name. Is money necessary? Of course. But we can’t let it become what we love (I Timothy 6:10).
Acts 4:12 - Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.
The most important name we need to know is THE SAVING NAME of Jesus Christ. The first and most important thing to do in your relationship with Christ is to know Him as your personal Saviour. He died so you could have eternal life. If you don’t know that you are sure you are on your way to Heaven, click HERE for more information. He wants you to know that you have a home in Heaven when this life is over.
Acts 11:26 - And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people. And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.
Next, after salvation, we should strive to keep A CHRISTIAN NAME. The early Christians in Antioch were genuine and real. They had a fervent love for God and others. THAT is why they were called Christians first in Antioch. It wasn’t their adherence to a denomination or tradition, but in a consistent and close relationship with God. Although that was almost 2,000 years ago, the same can be said for our church today if we prioritize our walk with God over the world and the distractions of our day.
Philippians 2:9-10 - Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: 10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
Lastly, we see in the book of Philippians A HIGHER & HOLY NAME. This is what God’s plan is for every Christian- that there is true worship, adoration, and gratitude in the name of Jesus Christ. Being a Baptist didn’t take our sins away. The power of God at His death, burial, and resurrection is the power we trust to take ALL of our sins away. The thought of that should bring us to a very grateful and loving place where His name is praised and worshipped.
Let us be the Christian we should be, so we can bring glory to His name, not only out of gratitude, but also for someone who needs to hear about the loving and sacrificial name of Jesus Christ.